Our Staff

Owner and Proprietor: James M. Hall

Manager/Used Book Buyer: Amy Hesselink

A volunteer Master Gardener, CABS graduate with a background in English,

Art History and Photography, you’ll catch her from time to time

behind a stack of newly brought-in books.

Assistant Manager/New Book Buyer: Mimi Hannan

Mimi loves books, especially contemporary fiction, and boxes of advanced reader copies of books fill her with glee. She also loves bunnies, delights in growing veggies, adores a bald, bespectacled man named Mark, and lives to exchange kawaii gifs with her coworkers.

Antiquarian Book Consultant: Jim Catley

The former owner of William James Bookseller in Port Townsend, WA, Jim helps La Playa Books immensely with his 30 years of bookselling knowledge especially in rare books and collectibles.

Bookseller: Sarah Holly

A philosophy graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, Sarah joined our team the summer of 2019.  Say hi to Sarah and you’ll be greeted with a beaming smile as she finds you the perfect book!  She’s always up for a little conversation about Foucault, too.