Our Team

The Bookshelf Thomasville | 126 S. Broad Street, Thomasville, GA

Located in the heart of downtown Thomasville, The Bookshelf has been a South Georgia staple for years, functioning both as a hotbed of literary talent and a showcase for local artists and instructors. The Bookshelf is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Like us on Facebook for more information on our favorite new titles, upcoming events, and children's story times (Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.)!

Annie Jones

Annie Jones – Co-owner + Managing Partner


After five years spent in the corporate world as a writer and editor, Annie is living her very own Kathleen Kelly dream, selling books in her favorite downtown spot. She loves chatting with fellow readers about what book is currently on their nightstands, and her own Tallahassee-based book club has been going strong since 2008. If she's not scheduling story times or designing displays, Annie can be found traveling with her husband and planning their next grand adventure.

Favorite Sections: 

  • Bestseller Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Children’s

Favorite Books:

  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott


Katie Chastain

Katie Chastain – Co-owner


She first tried journalism, but it was too cold. Then she tried teaching high school, but it was too hot. Finally, she tried bookselling, and it was just right. In running a bookstore, she experiences a convergence of the things she likes best: powerful ideas, entertaining stories, interesting information, and organized shelves. In addition to seeking out the best books in every genre, she hosts book discussions and writing groups, reads silly books to kids, and organizes thought provoking events.

Favorite Sections: 

  • Memoir
  • Hot Topics
  • Children’s

Favorite Books:

  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  • Freakanomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Rebekah Arwood

Rebekah Arwood – Manager

Born and raised in Thomasville, this local gal has always held a deep love for the written word. Whether she's organizing shelves, discussing her latest read with customers, or finding herself mesmerized by the children's section, Rebekah feels right at home at The Bookshelf. Alongside her worth there, she is also pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and is a proud member of the National Technical Honor Society.

Favorite Sections: 

  • Children's
  • Timeless
  • Fiction

Favorite Books:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers
  • The Iron Sceptre by John White