Bookstore Staff

Melissa Haffeman Owner The Islander Bookshop

Melissa Haffeman

Founder and Co-Owner, The Islander Bookshop

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My family and I started The Islander Bookshop where my husband builds cabinet and hand-carves our sign and our little kids are learning how to alphabetize books and run the point of sale (which they think is just the best). After 17 years in the field of education, I pivoted my career and took the leap following my dream of opening a small business on Kodiak. My family and I are so grateful for our community's support of this little indie bookstore and the phenomenal staff which help craft the bookstore into a thriving resource for our island.

Kate Paulson

Kate Paulson

Co-Owner, The Islander Bookshop

I joined the bookstore team and became co-owners with Melissa in 2022. Born and raised on Kodiak, I come from a third-generation fishing family. After a decade off-island pursuing a career in the arts and design, I moved back to Kodiak in 2020 with my husband Chris and our three young boys. My involvement with the bookstore allows me to share my passion for creativity, art, community, and of course, the magnificence of Kodiak.

Carly Anderson Islander Bookshop Staff

Carly Anderson

Systems Manager

I’m a 4th generation Kodiak Alaska native.
I’m a lover of coffee, cats and art and my happy place is the Islander Bookshop.


Gracie Thomas



Meghan Clark

Bookstore Staff


Elmar Barroga

Bookstore Staff

Bonnie Carlson

Bookstore Staff


Melanie Erb



Cat DeVries

Book Wall & Special Orders


Kasey Jo Wright

Kasey Jo Wright

Bookstore Mocktail Queen 


Judy Fine and Ed Fine 

Judy Fine (a.k.a. Melissa's Mom)

Lead: Special Orders 

You may know Judy from her years spent working at PKIMC Kodiak.  She was the Long Term Care Administrator until her retirement in 2012.  Fortunately, she came out of retirement to help her daughter, Melissa, with the special order process at the bookstore.