Chelsie Bruther, Bookseller
Chelsie Bruther found a road to self-discovery through literature and art from the stark landscape of horse manure and home repair. Her loving mother was more apt to be caught wielding a softball bat, a stethoscope, or a fire hose than a book. Her father could be found often engaged in conversation with the neighbors, but never with his nose between the pages of a novel. She spent at least half of her childhood hidden in the tallest branches of a wide maple or old oak, twirling through the windy ether of her imagination. After graduating from high school in southern Indiana, Chelsie went on to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts (mascot: the black sheep). Leaving Hampshire before graduation to pursue interests elsewhere, she spent a year living and working in NYC. In the heart of Red Hook, Brooklyn she felt for the first time the seductive rapture of live jazz, a far-cry from early 2000s radio country. This wayward waif was never found without pen and paper as she roamed the city, riding the subway to and from numerous odd jobs, scavenging rooftops, and frequenting “underground” music or stand-up comedy dives. After this adventure, she settled back into the Ohio River Valley to pursue a meditative mind and an English degree at Hanover College. She will graduate in the Spring of 2020. She has developed a taste for reading literary nonfiction, women writing for women, memoir, psychology, and has recently discovered the wonders of 14th century English through Chaucer. Being an amphibious creature native to a quite small swimming hole, she is passionate about the liberating quality of anonymity, but determined to master the discipline of remaining visible, being known. She is embarrassingly eager to relieve her pitiable ignorance and uncover the mechanics of the universe through books, and the other beautiful mediums of creative human expression, but particularly BOOKS.