Our Team

Without the team, nothing is accomplished.

With the team, we're much more than a bookstore: we're a way of life.

 

WILL EVANS, CO-FOUNDER

Will Evans is a publisher, translator, and entrepreneur with an unparalleled knack for finding undertold, outstanding stories and connecting them to audiences. In 2013, Evans founded Deep Vellum Publishing, a nonprofit indie book publisher dedicated to translating the world’s best novels into English for American audiences.

Evans also founded Deep Vellum Books in early 2016, a brick-and-mortar bookstore and cultural community center in Dallas’s historic Deep Ellum neighborhood. 

Prior to his career in publishing, Evans worked for five years in the music industry on tour and in Los Angeles, serving in varied roles for prominent companies like The Agency Group and Live Nation, before moving to Texas to become a talent buyer for Austin’s iconic music venue Emo’s.

Evans earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Emory University in History and Russian Language and Culture. He also received a Masters of Arts in Russian Culture at Duke University. He is an avid reader and movie lover, traits he plans to pass on to his son, a ninth-generation Texan who was born in May 2016 and who will likely save the world in some capacity.

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Cristina RodrigueZ

General Manager

Bio coming soon!

 

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TANYA WARDELL, BOOKSELLER

Tanya Wardell grew up in a military family, and as a result, she's a  world traveler with a penchant for adventure - including long roadtrips & backpacking expeditions. Tanya has studied various forms of dance, including classical and Bollywood Indian dance, as well as Afro-Brazilian styles. It's her goal to one day write a book, but Tanya is committed to learning both the retail & publishing sides of the business first. Tanya spends her time in Dallas with two lovable crazy dogs.

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LEAH PICKETT, BOOKSELLER

Leah is a writer and editor who keeps at least one book in her bag at all times. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, NPR, Consequence of Sound, and the Dallas Observer, among others, and actually uses her film studies degree as a film critic for the Chicago Reader. She lives in East Dallas and, if you ask nicely, will bake you a pie from scratch.