Ellis has worked in independent bookstores across Texas since 1994. He
began as a bookseller for the sprawling Dallas independent, Taylors
Books, before moving to the much smaller community focused, Trudy’s
Fireside Books in Tyler, Texas. He went on to become Event Coordinator
and then Marketing Director for BookPeople in Austin. More recently, he
worked in Dallas at Legacy Books and a Real Bookstore, developing new
store programs, web initiatives, and marketing materials. He took over
leadership at Houston’s famed Brazos Bookstore in September of 2011.