Our Staff

Corey Mesler
...who had been Burke's manager since 1988, became the owner of the store with his lovely wife Cheryl (cf.) in 2000. Before coming to the book business in 1974 he had his own T.V. series called Secret Agent Man. He's been a pirate, a pauper, a puppet, a poet, a pawn and a king. He lives in Midtown with Cheryl and his son Toby, daughter Chloe, Border Collie Fly, and imaginary friend, Sigismund. His favorite authors include Philip Roth, John Updike, Iris Murdoch and William Steig. He is the author of numerous works of poetry and fiction.

Cheryl Mesler

...is originally from the Mississippi Delta. She moved to Memphis in 1990 to take a supposedly temporary job at Burke's Book Store, and shortly thereafter married the store manager (see above). Family Life same as above. When she isn't reading novels, she likes knitting scarves and watching reruns of Hee Haw and the Lawrence Welk Show.

Amanda Bearden
...grew up in Columbus, MS and moved to Memphis in 2002 for art school. She decided to become a bookseller instead (for the money, of course). Hobbies include bicycling in the stifling heat, talking too much about 70's movies, and trying to find that perfect novel that sits right on the line between trash and literature.

Chloe Mesler
...age 20, is the daughter of owners Corey and Cheryl, and will someday step in to run Burke's, provided she can come up with the down payment. Her interests include cult films, possums, and illustration.
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