Biblio's founder, Brendan has a background in executive management, technical management, programming and database development in the publishing, high tech, and library industries. He is also a former "brick and mortar" and online bookseller, and has been in the book business for 20 years.
Originally from Wyoming, Brendan is naturalized to Western North Carolina, having lived in the area for the better part of the past 30 years. He enjoys reading history and modern literature, with favorite authors including Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, and Don Delillo. In his spare time, he might be found running along the roadside or taking a beating on the soccer field.
Allen is an ex-academic with abiding interests in the world of books, computers and Daoism. He has a PhD in comparative philosophy of religions from the University of Chicago. He left academics fifteen years ago and decided to pursue a career in IT. He has extensive experience both as an IT administrator and as a manager. At Biblio, he has found the ideal opportunity to marry his interests and help nurture a dynamic and rapidly growing business.
Allen and his wife, Cassie, have three wonderful daughters. Allen enjoys playing guitar and likes to keep his hand in his field of study by reading odd bits of Daoist texts. Favorite books and authors: Don Quixote, Neal Stephenson, and Chuang Tzu (Zhuang Zi).
Amber Shehan comes to Biblio with a long work history of customer service and a lifelong love of books. A Virginia native, she came to North Carolina in 2009 with her husband and nestled into the hills of Candler.
Amber enjoys delving into languages, folklore and cultural studies - in particular, the history and mythology of ancient Ireland. Wallowing in poetry has always been one of her great passions (Neruda, Rumi, Whitman) and her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Alice Walker, and Barbara Kingsolver.
Ashleigh is a native Floridian, but she's been happily adopted by the mountains of North Carolina. She graduated from University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Political Science, and she fell in love with Dublin, Ireland after spending a few weeks there after graduation.
She loves Harry Potter and Kurt Vonnegut, and Calvin and Hobbes always makes her cry. She is grateful to be working at Biblio where she can geek out with other book nerds, and she continues to be mesmerized by the smell of old books. She spends her time playing with dogs and yelling at Meet the Press. When she needs cheering up, she re-watches Fox News' 2012 Election Night coverage. She's not proud of it.
Michael grew up fascinated by science fiction, and so it was no wonder he found himself drawn to technology as a means to shape the future. His first baby was a Commodore 64, and from there he just kept riding Moore's law forward. He has worked in many different capacities in the tech world, from software programming to Systems Admin, and is rarely happier than when exploring some new gadget or system.
When not programming, Michael enjoys photography, RPGs, and hanging out with his family. He still loves science fiction, with current recommended authors including Neal Stephenson, John Scalzi, and Kim Stanley Robinson.