Heather Duncan has a bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder -- which in no way prepared her for a career in bookselling. After graduation, she backpacked around Great Britain and Europe for the summer, then, with no desire to wear a suit and carry a briefcase, she became a holiday bookseller at the Tattered Cover Book Store. Other than a brief stint at Fulcrum Publishing, she's worked at the bookstore, first in the Ordering Department, then as the Outside Corporate Sales rep, and finally as Director of Marketing and Events.
Beginning in January 2008, Heather was honored to serve two three-year terms on the board of Reach Out and Read Colorado, a literacy program whose mission is to prepare Colorado's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. She is currently a founding committee member of the newly formed Local First Colorado, an organization working to encourage Coloradans to try local businesses first.
Heather served on the MPIBA board of directors as Vice President, and was the elected President before leaving the board to accept the Executive Director position. Prior to joining the MPIBA board in January of 2014, she was a member of the MPIBA Advisory Council for six years, and has been a long-time educator for the organization, teaching classes and sitting on panels.
When she was around 8 years old, Heather's older sister gave her copy of A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeline L'engle (which she still owns). She read it once, then again, and has never looked back. She reads mostly science fiction and fantasy, but loves literary speculative fiction, humor, historical fiction, and cookbooks.
When she's not working, she's reading in her favorite chair, watching anything with a Marvel superhero, listening to classic '80s albums, golfing or hiking, walking in the park with her dog, experimenting with a new recipe, and just enjoying life with her husband and teenage son.
The Board of Directors of Mountains
& Plains Independent Booksellers Association is delighted to announce
that Heather Duncan has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective January 22, 2018.
A long-term veteran of the book industry, Duncan began her retail bookselling career in 1989 at The Tattered Cover Book Store. After a brief stint at Fulcrum Publishing, Duncan returned to Tattered Cover full-time, most recently as their Director of Marketing and Events. Her deep experience in both event planning and management and bookselling will provide her and the Association with the tools we need to move forward into 2018 and beyond.
We are excited and pleased that Heather is taking on this role in the region she loves and knows so well.