Our Staff

Rebecca Romney | Manager Rebecca Romney's background is in Linguistics, Classical Studies and Philosophy. Languages are one of her chief passions: she speaks three (English, French, Japanese) and reads in six (add Ancient Greek, Latin, Old English). She can recite poems in each. Rebecca signed on to Bauman Rare Books in the fall of 2007. In 2010 she became manager of the Las Vegas Gallery, and in 2011 Rebecca began appearing on the History Channel’s hit TV show Pawn Stars as the rare books expert.

Laura Minor | Manager Laura began her career at Bauman Rare Books in 1991 as a cataloguer in the Philadelphia office. Laura then moved to New York to help open and manage Bauman’s first New York gallery in the Waldorf Astoria and in 1999 the company’s second (and current) New York gallery on Madison Avenue. In 2007 Laura relocated to Las Vegas for the opening of our gallery in The Palazzo. Laura has an M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University.

Christy Shannon | Bookseller Christy Shannon has been a bookseller at the Las Vegas gallery of Bauman Rare Books since 2010. Before that, she taught college English for five years and earned her MA in English, with an emphasis in modern American literature (of which her favorite authors include Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez). In addition to literature, science and economics are her valued areas of study. Christy devotes time to domestic violence advocacy when not reading or watching films.

Debbie Deegan | Bookseller Debbie Deegan is a bookseller at the Las Vegas gallery of Bauman Rare Books. She joined the company after graduating from Bryn Mawr College where she studied Political Science and International Studies. During her time at Bryn Mawr, she interned in the Scottish Parliament, spent a summer in France and travelled to Rwanda. When not working with books, she likes to spend time watching films and brushing up on her French and Tagalog.

Gregory Hicks | Bookseller Greg's academic background is in Philosophy and English Literature, but his interests are universal. He's been in the book business for the better part of 25 years. The reason is simple. He is passionate about books. He believes in their potency. He believes in their capacity to wake us up—to new regions of knowledge, feelings we’ve never had, ways of life we would never have imagined, if a book hadn’t pointed the way. Selling rare books is doubly gratifying because first (or very early) editions represent the birth of something new, moments in history when humanity began to wake up a little more. The greater the book, the greater the awakening. Being part of this is deeply satisfying. It’s the reason Greg feels very pleasurably at home in the world of books.

Mary Olsson | Bookseller Mary is a bookseller at the Las Vegas gallery, with a Masters in English Literature from Brigham Young University. After a stint with a construction company (she was part of the team that built the Paris Hotel and Casino), and teaching many years at UNLV, she loves that she gets to study and talk books on a daily basis. When she’s not engrossed in a book, you can find her cooking, baking, hiking or gardening.

Embry Clark | Bookseller Embry is a bookseller at the Las Vegas gallery of Bauman Rare Books. Her studies focused on 19th- and 20th-century British and American poetics, and she received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a writer, her book reviews and poetry have appeared in journals such as New American Writing, Colorado Review, Court Green, Witness, and Interim. When she’s not selling books, Embry reads a lot of military history, detective fiction, and poetry.

Sean Samuels | Bookseller Sean is a bookseller in the Las Vegas gallery. Originally from the UK, he has a degree in English from the University of Bristol and an interest in photography. He has served as the US Editor for Hungry Eye Magazine, the Deputy Editor for Photography Monthly Magazine, and as a Script Editor for the BBC. When not selling books, he enjoys watching films and exploring the US backcountry and is a volunteer with Red Rock Search and Rescue in Las Vegas.

James Russell | Bookseller Dr. James Russell's background is in paleography and book history. He joined the Bauman Las Vegas Gallery in 2014, after teaching University courses in English Literature and Renaissance Studies. He holds a Ph.D in the History of the Book and an M.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Durham University in the United Kingdom, and has conducted research in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. James reads in Latin and Old Norse. Among his interests are incunables and sixteenth-century printed texts, the study of marginalia, and works of natural philosophy and early science. When not poring over alchemical tomes, James enjoys performing improv comedy.

Ryan Revis | Bookseller Ryan Revis hails from various parts of Northeast Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degrees in history and film studies. Later on, he attended graduate school with an emphasis upon early twentieth century American history. Ryan has also worked for a number of museums and libraries across the country. His interests include watching movies, hopelessly rooting for Cleveland sports, and writing books and screenplays that his friends and family begrudgingly read sometimes.