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ABOUT US


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Located in an historic neighborhood at the city's center, Midtown Reader opened in November of 2016 - Tallahassee's only general-subject, independent bookstore. We're working to build a loyal community of patrons through a regular variety of literary events and related cultural programming. From literary fiction, mysteries, poetry, and science fiction to young adult books, biographies and cookbooks, Midtown Reader carries a selection of new and noteworthy books. We also showcase Florida authors and books about Florida's political, social, and natural history. And we provide regular children's programming through our Kidtown Readers Club! 

Midtown Reader also seeks strong relationships with Tallahassee's ever-growing writing scene, which includes institutions like Florida State University's Graduate Creative Writing Program, the nation's top HBCU, Florida A&M University, and one of the country's highest ranked community colleges, Tallahassee Community College, as well as local organizations like The Tallahassee Writers Association. Our involvement with these nationally recognized yet deeply local organizations will ensure Midtown Reader becomes the destination for writers and book lovers alike in Florida's capitol. This dedication to diverse cultural events, family fun, and good books makes Midtown Reader a welcoming literary space in Tallahassee where everyone can read, think, and share.


Sally Bradshaw

Owner and Operator

Sally Bradshaw

A recovering political strategist, Sally has dreamed of starting a bookstore since she was a little girl. No time like the present for this 25-year Tallahassee resident.  Sally loves all literary fiction but particularly Southern fiction and mystery.  And she loves curating our Florida section.
 

sally@midtownreader.com
Janine Couch

Kidtown Curator

Janine Couch

Janine taught middle and high school English for over a decade where she shared her passion for young adult and children's literature. She'll make sure our Kidtown readers never run out of great selections.

janine@midtownreader.com
Janine Couch

Kim Anderson

Kim is a PHD candidate in medieval literature at FSU, and worked for several years at Women and Children First independent bookstore in Chicago while in school there.  Kim is our go-to on everything from women's studies and literature to historical fiction.

kim@midtownreader.com
Janine Couch

Shelby Bouck

Shelby is a recent undergradate in English from FSU who spent several years working at Books A Million.  She's thrilled to be working at an indie, and is a pro at childrens books, young adult and fantasy/sci-fi.

shelby@midtownreader.com
Janine Couch

Tanya Corbella

Tanya is a former budget analyst who loves reading as much as numbers!  It's hard to find something she hasn't read in any genre.
 

tanya@midtownreader.com
Amanda Jean-Mary

 

Amanda Jean-Mary

Amanda is a senior at FAMU studying public relations. She loves reading young adult and fantasy novels along with anything about magic, superpowers, and books about monsters!

info@midtownreader.com
Olivia Samper

 

Olivia Samper

Olivia is a sophomore at FSU studying elementary education. In her spare time, she teaches art at a local art studio. She loves historical fiction, and of course all things Harry Potter!

info@midtownreader.com
Amanda Jean-Mary

 

Darrell Ellis

Darrell is a sophomore at FSU and a poetry whiz-bang! She says poems are completely accessible "when misconceptions are thrown in the trash!" But watch out, if Darrell helps you find a good read, you're going to hear about her two rescue dogs....outside of poetry, they are her life!

info@midtownreader.com
Amanda Jean-Mary

 

Hannah Beth Ragland

Hannah Beth graduated from FSU with a degree in Literature and has worked as a substitute preschool teacher. Her love is Southern lit, but there's almost nothing she doesn't read, and her cat is named after Matilda in honor of Roald Dahl and her favorite storybook character - a little girl who loves to read!

info@midtownreader.com
Amanda Jean-Mary

 

Reid Wilcox

A University of Miami grad with a degree in Political Science/International Affairs, Reid is another casualty of election 2016 who has found a home at the Midtown Reader. Reid's our go-to for history, bio and politics. But he loves elementary and middle grade fiction too.

info@midtownreader.com