About Us

“The power to change one’s life comes from a paragraph, a lone remark.”

James Salter

Evening Land Books began with fits and starts over the course of many years. Its owners, Kristina Intinarelli and Matthew Kollmer, are lifelong bibliophiles and collectors who share an unabated desire to acquire more books. They met while working as rare booksellers in Bauman Rare Books’ Las Vegas gallery. This position gave them both a stellar education on the most rare and valuable editions. Then their careers turned toward independent pursuits, with Kristina operating her own bookshop, formerly known as Bartleby’s Bookshelf, while Matthew personally consulted a number of rare book collectors. But by 2022, they had come together to focus on Evening Land Books. It is a labor of love, one developed through many conversations about the ideal bookstore, and how it ought to function.

We take our name from a poem by D.H. Lawrence. It’s one of many poems about America. There are other outstanding examples by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Katharine Lee Bates, Allen Ginsberg, and many others, but “The Evening Land” appealed to us because it captures a sentiment about America that we share: a longing for the attainment of its ideals. And while we are not necessarily Americanists by focus, neither was D.H. Lawrence. He was a British expatriate and a poet of many subjects. We therefore felt that “The Evening Land” was a spectacular eponym.

We also adore the sound of the name. “Evening Land” conjures that place of not-quite-sleep often found while reading on a quiet night before bed. That, too, is a sentiment, one we share with all bibliophiles, a peacefulness in the space of stories, language, books, and ideas.

A wood engraving of a man handing a parrot to a woman who leans out the window to receive it. It was done by Ernest Meissionier.
“The Parrot” – Wood Engraving by Ernest Meissionier

Our Guiding Principles

“Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.”

Toni Morrison

First and foremost, we believe book collecting should be an exciting and accessible pastime for everyone.

We therefore treat every book in our inventory with equal reverence, whether it’s an exceedingly scarce first edition of high monetary value or a later edition from a collectible publishing house. This means that collectors of all levels and budgets experience the same exceptional service, accurate descriptions, fair prices, and enthusiastic support. We will always be delighted to hear about your collecting interests, no matter where they lead.

We believe booksellers have a responsibility to foster reading and collecting interests for their clients and their communities.

To fulfill this responsibility, we engage with our clients whenever we can, and we encourage heuristic exploration and suggest avenues for research. We also aim to broaden our community of collectors, both online and locally, through an accessible online presence and through in-person meetings and events. Moreover, we aspire to be good listeners–to learn about our clients and communities so we can better support their collecting interests.

We subscribe to the notion that booksellers need to be lifelong learners.

In order to serve our clients whose interests span all subjects and genres, we must be willing to learn about anything that might become a subject for collection. In turn, we must also study bibliography (the history of the book as physical object), with particular focus on the print histories of the volumes we carry. We therefore pursue our educations through a variety of means–the bookseller community, rare book organizations, academic institutions, and through independent research.

We understand book collecting as an expression of one’s social, political, and personal worldviews.

As Marshall McLuhan once wrote, “We become what we behold.” For the book collector, this means the ideas in books become material in their pages and in our minds, and when we share our collections, we share not just a pile of paper stacked orderly on shelves, but rather a physical manifestation of our ideas about the world. Furthermore, this principle necessarily requires us to scrutinize our collecting choices in order to know ourselves and our cultures as well as possible.

Finally, booksellers have the capacity to challenge the status quo, but to do so requires us to be cognizant of our curation and business practices.

At Evening Land Books, we recognize our ability to make change (or, if we’re negligent, to reinforce staid practices that might prevent us from satisfying our principles). We therefore commit to listening to all cultural perspectives in order to improve the holistic accuracy of our listings, to consider titles outside our personal familiarity, and to welcome collecting interests that could be considered subversive. In terms of business practices, we also commit to fair hiring, paying livable wages, and rooting out any oppressive biases. We hope these actions as well as vigilance toward our other guiding principles will make Evening Land Books an impactful book firm, one that leaves all of its clients invigorated and excited to acquire more books.

About Matthew

A photo of Matthew

Matthew Kollmer is a rare book specialist and partner at Evening Land Books. He began his career as a rare bookseller in 2017. He collects modern first editions, books on chess, and U.S. state histories, especially of the Midwest. He reads voraciously. Some of his favorite writers include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mark Twain, Margaret Atwood, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Salter, John McPhee, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zadie Smith, and many more. Aside from book collecting, his hobbies include weight training, reading for leisure, gardening, computer programming, and chess. He is also a fiction writer, one who slowly composes large novels, none of them finished. He has also taught undergraduate courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Washington State University, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is also pursuing a PhD in Information Sciences at UIUC. His research involves cultural analytics, text mining, and U.S. literatures, especially regionalisms from the 19th and 20th centuries. To learn more about him, visit MatthewKollmer.com.

  • (in progress) PhD in Information Science – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MFA in Creative Writing – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • MA in Literary Studies – Washington State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities & Culture – Washington State University
  • BA in English – Winona State University

About Kristina

a photo of Kristina

Kristina is a partner at Evening Land Books. She has been a rare book specialist since 2016. She previously owned the online bookstore called Bartleby’s Bookshelf. Her personal collecting interests include the Beats, erotica, modern first editions, Americana, Black and indigenous literatures, and the performing arts. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also has a Certificate in teaching English to Adult learners (CELTA) from Cambridge University, U.K. She also completed a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University. Her academic interests include information and visual literacy, information access and social justice, rare books and manuscripts and reparative metadata. You can learn more about her academic work here.

Kristina is also a co-parent to two furry sons, Plato and Sir Francis Bacon. She enjoys wandering bookstores, treasure hunting, horror movies, aquariums, bad karaoke, and good coffee.

Organization Membership

Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA)

We are proud members of the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA). MWABA is a professional bookseller community that holds its members to the highest standards. It has been in operation since the 1970s. There are roughly fifty members from states all over the Midwest.

MWABA also hosts the annual Chicago Book & Paper Fair, held for a day every summer, usually in June.

Independent Online Booksellers Assocation (IOBA)

We are proud members of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA). IOBA has been supporting independent online booksellers since 1999. It is an international trade association dedicated to ethical business practices that promote customer confidence. IOBA members enjoy a reputation as professional and trusted sellers. With a diverse international membership of over 350 booksellers, IOBA members created and follow standards for ethical and safe bookselling online.