Tony spent most of his childhood in the bookstore, influenced by books and the diverse staff who sold them. He started working at the bookstore in 1972, when he was ten years old. He worked from jobs such as sweeping and deliveries up through bookkeeping to management and the buying and selling of used and rare books. Today he manages the bookstore’s rare book department, buying estates and performing appraisals. He is former president of the Intermountain Booksellers Association and the Salt Lake Downtown Merchants Association. Tony held board positions on Salt Lake’s Downtown Alliance and Chamber of Commerce, the Salt Lake Vest Pocket Coalition and the Utah Health Policy Project. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. He has taught courses on book collecting at the University of Utah and speaks on numerous aspects of books to community groups. Influential Books include Silence by John Cage, Living My Life by Emma Goldman, Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan and anything by Alan Watts.
Catherine is co-owner of Weller Book Works. Her duties include supervising the new book buying functions. She began working at Wellers in 1994 as a floor clerk in the used and new books sections. She has also worked in Institutional Sale, Inventory Control, Payroll and Bookkeeping. She has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA), and has also served on the Booksellers Advisory Council of the American Booksellers Association (ABA). Catherine is an omnivorous reader who believes it is important to read books from all genres and for all age groups.
Stephanie Leitch has worked at Wellers for 10 years in numerous support capacities, including doing the graphics and advertising, curating art shows, and keeping the books for the books. She is also a knuckle-dragging artist and mother to a quirky and inordinately bookish son.
John Clukey began his career in bookselling at Borders in 1998 (he applied at Sam Wellers Bookstore at the same time). He joined the Wellers staff in 2006 as a bookseller in new and used books. He has since been a section leader and a used book buyer. John enjoys reading from all subjects, but particularly likes science fiction and science writing.
Bruce Christensen has been working at Weller Book Works for 34 years. He is currently our buyer for mass market, mysteries, western fiction, romance, thrillers and self-published books. Bruce is also the facilitator at several bookclubs. His favorite activity outside of work is, oddly enough, reading.
Judges books by their covers. Enjoys collecting tomes. Neglects putrid poetry. Neil Gaiman, SWOON! In love with Mark Twain. Forgets easily, so she recites out loud. Excited about neuroscience! And unicorns! Requires quiet time for comic book reading.
Travis Nelson arrived to the valley from the northern wastes on his trusty salamander steed, Slagathor. He splits his time between gardening, raising a child and wife, music, books, and imagining less mundane activities in a purely hack & slash style. When not day dreaming or tapping out beats on a desk, he can be seen trying to keep the computer systems from a logic loop.
After 10 years experience bookselling in Southern California, including 3 years of owning and operating his own store, Frank has now been working for Wellers for 15 years. In addition to being our buyer for art, entertainment, Western Americana and religion, Frank is our Manager of Retail Sales.
Elizabeth lives, works and attends college in Salt Lake City. She is majoring in Anthropology at the University of Utah and loving it. Accordingly, her literary tastes are somewhat, uhm, omnivorous? Perhaps amphibious would be better: rather than devouring books regardless of their genre, she inhabits multiple literary environments simultaneously.
Joan started working at Sam Weller's Zion Book Store–now Weller Book Works–in 1973 in new book inventory. In 1975 she became Sam Weller's assistant in Used and Rare books. Today, she buys and prices used and rare books, does appraisals, and is an Associate Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America. She likes researching rare books, and retaining arcane bits of book trivia. Her reading interests vary, but she especially likes mysteries, regional history, and biography. Of her job, she can honestly say she has never been bored.
When Rabb is not reading books about microtonal music and polyrhythm, he's out back playing marbles.
Come to Wellers to enjoy Lane's “engaging warmth and vitality.” -Salt Lake City Weekly, May 5, 2011
A book monger for 35 years (in Salt Lake, Moab & Portland, Oregon), José apprenticed at Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore in the early 70's. When he's not reading (Roberto Bolaño, Neal Stephenson or Rebecca Newberger Goldstein), tinkering with a sonnet, listening to The Department of Eagles, The Decemberists or Calexico, he's hiking, off-trail, into some—hopefully snake infested—wilderness.
Debra is the main buyer for our children's section. She started working with books at a chain in 1975 but moved up to Weller's in 1984. She will read any good fiction but is passionately in love with science fiction, fantasy and horror, and she also became the buyer for those sections in 2002.