Owner. Frank Reiss started in the antiquarian book business at San Francisco's Acorn Books in the early 1980s. His favorite writers include Charles Portis, Flannery O'Connor, Philip Roth, Wendell Berry and Nathanael West. His interest in ancient Greece and Rome, ancient country music and ancient baseball are reflected on the shelves of A Cappella Books. A past president of the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association, Frank has written book reviews and commentary on book-related issues for the San Francisco Examiner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Paste Magazine and has conducted author interviews for Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Used Book Manager. In the not really so distant past, Glen Thrasher spent his time making music, publishing fanzines, organizing noise festivals and spinning records at college radio stations. More recently he spends most of his time working at some little book store just trying to survive while causing the least suffering possible. All the while he gets louder and angrier and more radical in his thinking. This it not the way its supposed to go as a fellow reaches his declining years, but they know what they can do if they can't take a joke. Glen's reading list continues to get likewise louder, etc. and recently includes: Cornelius Castoriadis, James Howard Kunstler, Percival Everett, Jeffrey St. Clair, Ward Churchill, William Blum, Alfred F. Young, C.L.R. James, James Boggs, Walter Rodney, Dave Dellinger, I.F. Stone, Regis Debray, and always such masters as Joyce, Kafka, Borges, and Nabokov.
New Book Manager. Due to various pharmaceuticals and the recent acquisition of a human child, Chris Fanning's reading habits as of late have been sporadic at best and non-existent at worst, but he still manages to take in a few pages here and there. Steinbeck, Twain, Poe, and Wilde are among his favorite authors, but, lest you think him a curmudgeon, he also enjoys more current writers including Salman Rushdie, Chang-rae Lee, Colum McCann, and various wordsmiths in the fields of linguistics, urban planning, and cartography. When he's not at the store, he enjoys polo, speedboat racing, and spending time at his summer home in Vermont.
Events Specialist. Chris Buxbaum hails from London, England. Seduced by The Beats, he blagged his way to America in the 80's and was immediately disappointed by what he saw. He has existed in the somewhat murky artistic underground since then, co-owning Atlanta's first truly alternative video store, "Blast Off," and the atmospheric art gallery "Boho Luxe." When he is not busy being A Cappella's offsite event organizer, he can be found behind a camera. His latest show "Transformers" was a collection of hyperreal pictures of the city's finest drag queens. Favorite writers include: Kerouac, Burroughs, Murikami, Jeanette Winterson and Denis Johnson, but his most indelible influences come from the early English glam and punk scene, of which he was an integral part.
Bookseller. Not surprisingly, books are Laura Keys' passion--reading them, handling them, stacking them up for the next rainy afternoon, talking about them. One of her favorite things to do is opening a box of books; each box is a present. A Cappella is the third book shop with which she's been associated and she hasn't gotten over her book fever yet. (She thinks it must be a chronic condition.)
Graphics Design and Events. Mannie Rivers is a graphics designer and events planner. In 2010, he graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Theatre & Performance Studies. He’s managed dozens of design projects and events from concept to completion for multiple institutions including: Kennesaw State University, Woodruff Arts Center, and A Cappella Books. Currently, he’s into gradients, feminism, hip-hop, whiteness, Emory Douglas, and blues from the late fifties.
Publicity and Events. Onyew Kim studied English with a concentration in creative writing poetry at Georgia State University. Her poetry tends to touch on racial identity, her realization of gender as a little girl, and can be fueled by first or second hand experiences, often taking the voice of what she would describe as timid or sensitive anger. She is currently interested in reading poetry with narratives of queer and racial identities, anything that explores the way memory functions, and is always open to taking recommendations. Onyew plans to attend graduate school in the next two years, but in the meantime, she hopes to experience as much of the literary culture that Atlanta has to offer.