Meet Our Staff

Michael Herrmann

Michael bought Gibson’s Bookstore in 1994 and has expanded it twice to meet the needs of readers. He enjoys literary fiction, well-written commercial fiction and thrillers, and books on politics and history. 

John LeDonne, Jr.

My academic background is history & science & that’s my favorite reading, but I like a well written book in any genre. I've been a bookseller for over 20 years, first at the Harvard Coop, then at Gibson's. I’m responsible for buying new adult titles from publishers and for our used-book section.

Paul Wenzel

A book lover since my mother read Fox in Sox to me as a child. I still enjoy wandering the median between sound & sense. My areas of interest include poetry, literary fiction, graphic novels, travel, & nature.  I’m operations manager for the bookstore.


I’ve lived in New England most of my life (with short stints in New York and California). I’ve been in New Hampshire almost long enough—35 years—to be considered a local.

My favorite kinds of books are fiction and vegetarian/vegan cookbooks. I’m also moderately knowledgeable about baseball.

Elisabeth Jewell

You'll never catch Elisabeth in the literary fiction-- she's the one skulking in the fantasy section, or riffling through pages in the Young Adult department! She's also a fan of humor writers and deep explorations into obscure aspects of our shared cultural histories (she will press Consider the Fork: A History of How we Cook and Eat onto anyone who stands still long enough). Our events coordinator since 2011, Elisabeth also runs our Facebook and Instagram pages with Ryan.

Heather Weirich Roy

I am a fiction and fantasy lover. Margaret Atwood, John Irving, and George R.R. Martin hold a place in my heart that no one can touch, but a well written young adult novel thrills me as well and I will spend a few happy hours with picture books on any given day. I have two young children and reading with them is an important part of my life. I love helping young readers find a story that really speaks to them. I’m responsible for buying our children’s books and toys.


I haven't read half as many books as I should have, and I like less than half of them half as well as they deserve. (Needless to say, I like Tolkien!)

I used to enjoy reading actual adult books, from great literary classics to the latest sci-fi and fantasy, or books about history, spirituality, or cooking. Now, I work on the children's side of the store, and I have a daughter in elementary school. Kids’ books are great!

I first came to New Hampshire almost 20 years ago to study literature at New England College in Henniker.  I loved it so much up here that I never left.  I'm always ready to escape into a good fantasy or sci-fi novel, but will usually read anything fiction if the book stays still long enough.  With non-fiction, I am more selective, focusing on topics I'm interested in learning about.  My bookshelf is large a mix of history, mostly the medieval time period, along with culinary history and the history of the Romani people.  I also enjoy books about eastern and new age spirituality, and natural and alternative healing.


Cheri is an elementary teacher. She has been teaching 3rd grade for 11 years, and loves to read Youth Fiction. In her Reading Life, her favorite books are in the Harry Potter series, but she also enjoys the Artemis Fowl series as excellent youth fiction. Cheri enjoys helping elementary students find that "Just Right" book to help them along their own Reading Lives.

Cheri reads so much that her long list of staff picks was slowing down this page! We've archived her 2014-2018 reviews here:


Hillary Nelson, after attending the French Culinary Institute, was a pastry chef in New York City for many years. Before moving to a small farm in New Hampshire in 1994, she was certified in plant production at the New York Botanic Garden, where she became interested in growing heirloom fruits, flowers and vegetables and seed saving. The recipient of several awards for her writing, including the NH Writers Project Award for Outstanding Nonfiction, she also holds an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College. Her writing and photography are featured in her Concord Monitor seasonal food and garden column, “Home Plate,” and can be found at her “Cold Garden Warm Kitchen” website, Hillary is an omnivore when it comes to books, though she especially loves non-fiction about science, art and history and literary fiction. Some favorites: Nabokov's Lolita; Tuchman's A Distant Mirror and Alexander's A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction.

Ryan Elizabeth Clark

Ryan has been a bibliophile for as long as she can remember, devouring books before she could even walk. (Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration). Her favorite books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Ryan collects all things Alice, including every edition and adaptation she can get her hands on, and her collection is currently overflowing out of two bookcases with no sign of stopping) and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Ryan had a Night Circus themed wedding, and have you heard her interview with Erin Morgenstern?). She will also loudly and passionately handsell you novels from the Fantasy, Young Adult, Psychological Thriller, and Horror genres. Ryan is the host of The Laydown Podcast with coworkers Kelso and Hillary, where she interviews authors and shouts excitedly about her current reads. As a mom to two Bookstore Babies, she is also well versed in picture books and other items for kiddos! Ryan has been with Gibson's since 2012, and heads our social media team in addition to being a Frontline Bookseller and Producer/Editor of The Laydown!