Our Staff

Owner and Proprietor: James M. Hall

Manager/Used Book Buyer: Amy Hesselink

A UC Master Gardener, CABS graduate with a BA in English/Art History                                                                                                                      and a BFA in Photography, you’ll catch her from time to time                                                                                                                                            behind a towering stack of newly brought-in books.

Assistant Manager/New Book Buyer: Mimi Hannan

Mimi has been a part of La Playa Books since its inception in 2016.She leads the store’s three book clubs, oversees new book purchasing, represents the store in planning local community events, and just became a board member of the new CALIBA (California Independent Bookseller Alliance).

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.

Bookseller: Tiffany Palmer