Brad Johnson has been active in the antiquarian book trade for nearly 30 years, initially as an apprentice to the late Roger Gozdecki at The Book Shop in Covina, California, and now, with his wife Jen, as owner of johnson rare books & archives. The immediate past president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, he established the ABAA Diversity Initiative and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, oversaw the development of the Association’s virtual book fair program. Brad takes a more traditional approach to the trade, while also expanding his skill set to support Jen with archives and collaborate on collection development, including the very first research collection on heavy metal music, now at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library. A lifelong resident of Southern California, he is an avid runner, with eight marathons (and counting) under his belt.

Courses Taught Previously

Postmodern Bookselling, 2023