Our Staff

Corey Mesler

Corey Mesler

Corey, 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.

Corey's Picks

Cheryl Mesler

Cheryl Mesler

Cheryl 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 binding books and watching reruns of Hee Haw and the Lawrence Welk Show.

Cheryl's Picks

Amanda Bearden

Amanda Bearden

Amanda 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.

Amanda's Picks

Chloe Mesler

Chloe Mesler

Chloe age 22, 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.

Chloe's Picks

Sue Williams

Sue Williams

Tim Hayes

Tim Hayes