EMBRY CLARK | Manager
Embry joined the Las Vegas gallery in 2008 after completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her studies focused on 19th- and 20th-century British and American poetics. As a writer, her first poetry collection, Addresses Home, was published in the Fall of 2015. Other work has appeared in journals such as Mid-American Review, New American Writing, Colorado Review, Court Green, and Witness. When she’s not selling books, Embry is working her way through an ever-growing list of poetry, military history, and crime fiction.
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.
PAMELA RAIA | BOOKSELLER
Pamela Raia joined Bauman Rare Books in 2015. After receiving a B.A. in English Literature, she spent several years traveling the world before landing in Las Vegas. In her spare time she is an avid reader, runner, and road trip planner.
Katherine Shields | Bookseller
Katherine joined the Las Vegas contingent of Bauman Rare Books in early 2017. Before finding her way to the desert, she studied at the Sorbonne (Paris III), taking advantage of long weekends to explore Europe and the Middle East. She went on to receive her B.A. in French and Philosophy, after which she spent time at a Bay Area startup that’s well-established now: Education.com. She also dabbled in the autographs and manuscripts business, translating and cataloguing all kinds of photographs and documents; making sense of the scrawl of Zola, Saint-Saëns, and Miró — a few of her favorites — was an honor and a privilege. Nowadays, she enjoys hanging out with her family, making jewelry, frequenting local thrift shops, and indulging her weakness for beautiful books.
Matthew Kollmer | Bookseller
Matthew spent the first 24 years of his life in Minnesota. There he studied literature and writing, and in the summers he worked as a deckhand on a riverboat. In 2014, he moved to Nevada to complete his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Upon graduation, he joined Bauman Rare Books where his many interests are nurtured. He has also lived abroad in Chile, and traveled to Europe and most of North America. In his free time, he experiments in the kitchen, exercises, writes, and reads voraciously. No one author claims his favorite, but he gravitates toward 20th-century American fiction and early exploration accounts.
Brandon Sellers | Bookseller
Brandon earned his Bachelors in English and Political Science from Lycoming College and his Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland in 2015. Raised outside Baltimore, he moved to Las Vegas a few years ago. His favorite authors include William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Joseph Conrad, and Raymond Chandler. When he isn’t reading, he can be found exploring hiking trails throughout the valley, playing word games online, and (occasionally) spending time with his lovely wife.