Staff

Short bios of the staff of our retail bookshop (Bird & Beckett Books & Records, or “B&B”)
and our allied nonprofit performing arts entity (Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, or “BBCLP”)
are presented below:

Angela Bennett, BBCLP Publicity, Booking, Documentation & Operations
Angie Bennett brings over 25 years of experience in the local music scene to Bird & Beckett. Although she’s been involved in the store in varying capacities since first discovering B&B’s live jazz in the fall of 2002, she was brought onboard in a more official capacity in July 2014 to handle the BBCLP’s publicity, to add depth and breadth to our music bookings, to develop our Saturday night “jazz club!” programming, and to aid in the BBCLP’s documentation and archiving functions. She has maintained our Facebook page for almost 10 years now. A skilled photographer, Angie shoots most of the pictures you’ll find here on our website and on our flyers. Although she tries to keep a fairly low profile in the store, you may have seen her performing around town with her band the Bad Mommies or marching with the Ukulele Resistance Brigade when duty calls.

Jerry Ferraz, BBCLP Poetry Series Coordinator
Native son Jerry Ferraz was born into a musical family. A musician and poet of the Troubadour persuasion, he has wandered, guitar in hand, the streets and bus routes of San Francisco ever since his childhood. He knows San Francisco like the back of his hand and is equally familiar with every night club and honky tonk where music served the delight of many a culture-hungry local. Lyrical in nature as well as political, his music and writing has always been about the most immediate realities confronting human complexity, and always from the heart. He’s performed at art shows, cabarets and poetry venues all over the city. Presently the impresario of the poetry scene at the Bird and Beckett Bookstore, he’s also an artist and aficionado of philosophic dispositions, and at heart a real Buddhist (not a “resumé Buddhist”). The author of this all too brief biography of Mr. Ferraz has derived great pleasure by simply being with him in his car driving from one corner of the city to another, as he seems to know every charming street and by-way normally remote to those driven to get where they’re going with blind determination. Humour and grace with eyes wide open is at the heart of his methodology.

Michael Koch, B&B Operations, Buyer
Michael is a poet, visual artist, amateur percussionist and grandfather who lives in the Mission with an imaginary dog.

 

Jenna Littlejohn, B&B Asst. Mgr./Operations; BBCLP Grants Coordinator
Jenna is the shop’s assistant manager. She’s the resident young person around here, our handy-dandy-millennial, seeing as everyone else is 50+ but don’t let the age change fool you – she’s wise as hell, and it’d do you well to get a book recommendation from her. Besides keeping the place “organized” she also works as the grants coordinator for our little non-profit thing you may have heard of, the BBCLP. 

Lorretta Marcel, B&B Operations, Buyer
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Eric Whittington, Proprietor
Eric took on and reconfigured an existing Glen Park bookshop back in May of 1999 to create Bird & Beckett Books & Records — he’s grateful for the wonderful bookshelves and computer system he inherited and proud of the store he’s put together with the help of a lot of great staff along the way: Blanche Bebb, Justin Desmangles, Nicholas James Whittington, Steve Choisser, Jackson Whittington and several others. He’s grateful to Manhal Jweinat for housing the store until 2008, and to the Tietz family for maintaining him now in the space that the family built to house the neighborhood’s public library for 30 years. He thinks his current staff is peachy and figures he’s got it pretty good now.

He got his first bookstore job in the summer of 1975 after his freshman year at UC Berkeley, shipping UC Extension correspondence course books for Ed Hunolt’s Berkeley Book; dropped out after his sophomore year and found work at Green Apple on Clement, when it was small, from 1976-1977; and helped almost launch a massive used bookstore that would have been called the Bookdome on Westwood Blvd (it closed before it opened) in LA in 1978. Then, he returned to San Francisco and commuted to finish a BA in Film Studies at UCB.

Bird & Beckett owes everything first of all to Eric’s family and friends, and then to his experience in those bookshop jobs and as a customer in his late teens and 20s at Moe’s, Cody’s and Shakespeare & Co. in Berkeley, City Lights and a whole passel of wonderful used bookshops in San Francisco, etc. He also credits a great, formative stint as operations manager with the San Francisco International Film Festival for a couple of seasons at the beginning of the 1980s; co-founding a music promotion partnership in SF called Carnaval that taught him what he knows about booking and presenting live music; toiling for half a dozen years co-writing and co-producing an (ultimately unmade) indie teens-in-trouble feature film that lives only in memory, a jumble of file boxes and this promo trailer; and then helping spin out of that a little record company which lasted for a handful of vinyl and cassette releases that he’s still proud of… His employers and partners in all of these episodes deserve thanks and acclaim. He’s paid his personal bills as a typist (read: word processor/editor) ever since his second son was born in 1983. He’s got three adult children who are amazing and a couple grandkids that look on course to put his kids to shame. Other than living in America in this ugly era, he’s pretty pleased with and proud of his personal state of things, and grateful to the shop’s loyal & growing base of patrons.