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    Derrick has been in the book industry for ten years – at Borders before our bookstore opened. He is very book savvy and loves ordering books for customers. He is handling our corporate/school sales too. If you need a recommendation for a good read – stop in & chat with Derrick. He is a big sports fan too. The Broncos are his favorite NFL team. That is ok...we think.


      Melissa had a career in finance prior to opening the bookstore. While it is comforting that “debits always equal credits”, owning a bookstore is so much more fun and rewarding! Melissa loves to read all different genres of books. Getting immersed in story is so fantastic! When she is not working at the store or reading, Melissa loves to hike, garden, cook, and kayak and watch hockey or football games.


        A bookseller for many years,

        a painter for even longer, and a lifetime reader, Marlene is happy to offer suggestions

        from nationally acclaimed writers

        as well as local talent from the

        Inland Northwest. Marlene is our gift buyer and runs the consignment programs for local authors and artists. She helps keep our kids section a fun place for children to find wonderful books and learning activities.

        Meet the Team


        Anna Rose

        I was born and raised in CDA. Ever since I was little I always had my nose in a good book and have been coming to the Moose ever since it opened. I was ecstatic to join the team here because I would be surrounded by my favorite things: books, coffee, and good people. In my free time I enjoy being active outdoors or in the kitchen cooking and baking.



        Mason moved here to CDA from Denver when he was younger. His greatest passions are Movies hanging out with friends and family and due to lockdown last year he was able to revisit an old passion of his that lead him to working at the well read moose! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror are his favorite genres


        Wife, mother, daughter, friend, volunteer. Most recently, after twenty some years of raising her sons at home, she delightedly joined the family at The Well~Read Moose. She is an avid reader and a member of a local book club. She loves talking about books and pets and life and meeting new people, oh and books!! Her favorite kind of book would be a fictitious, fantastical, family saga with some mysterious, thrilling, sci-fi, and paranormal elements, sprinkled with cats and dogs and humor and magic!!



        I am a retired educator and an unapologetic book addict. I enjoy reading mysteries, science fiction, classic literature and occasionally a good non-fiction read. Besides reading, I enjoy hiking, backyard birding, dogs, cats & Star Trek. Go Seahawks! (Not the Broncos for crying out loud!)

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        Being part of The Well~Read Moose is a dream come true! I like all types of fiction, classics and memoirs, and am drawn to witty books that make me smile. I have been part of a book club for over ten years and am also lucky to be able to share the world of books with my granddaughters.


        Before Kathy moved to Idaho she googled “where is the bookstore” and to her great delight discovered The Well~Read Moose. Before she unpacked the boxes in her new home, she applied for a position as a bookseller. Before she knew where the nearest grocery was, she knew where to find a literary feast.



        Reading any book I can get my hands on is one of my favorite pastime activities, along with painting, photography, and being in breathtaking nature. Being at the age of attending college and not entirely wanting to attend college, I thought committing to a job would be the best source of my energy. When I found an ad for The Well-Read Moose, I had sprung into action, which luckily leads me to have my dream job. I am enjoying my time here tremendously. Every person who I get to work with is a ray of light, and I find myself excited to go to work every day.

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        Betsey's Bio is in the works!

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