The Staff

Chad PeltonChad Pelton is a designer focusing on book design, a collage artist / photographer, a collector, a curator, a dog-lover, and an appreciator of (loosely defined) fine things, born and raised in Knoxville, TN.


Hannah McCreeryHannah McCreery is a therapeutic social worker by day (and sometimes by night, depending on my clients' affinity for late night arrests!), lover of books and bluegrass, and a native of middle Tennessee. Bring me coffee or a good book recommendation and we can be friends.


Richard PrattRichard Pratt, artist and bookseller, has worked in Knoxville bookstores since 1983. Images of his paintings and exhibition information may be found online at


Charles ThomasCharles Thomas is a lawyer, Knoxville City Councilman, community organizer, and, when not living in Knoxville, manager of a bookstore in Antigua, Guatemala.


Sarah HensleySarah Hensley, new to the world of bookselling, loves music and radio broadcasting and, of course, books.


John PostJohn Post, gregarious by nature, can't be bothered with writing his bio or staff recommendations, but he'll be happy to tell you about both when you visit our store.


Shiela Wood-Navarro, former co-owner of Carpe Librum, has been hand-selling books for 25 years. She now manages Union Ave's used book department. As much as she loves the book trade, her greatest passion these days is reserved for her grandchild.






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