Alumna Lori Feathers (B. A. Russian 1990) Proves There Are Still Bookstores in the US
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Alumna Lori Feathers (B. A. Russian 1990) Proves There Are Still Bookstores in the US

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Alumna Lori Feathers (B. A. Russian 1990) Proves There Are Still Bookstores in the US

Lori Feathers is book buyer and co-owner of Interabang Books, in independent bookstore opening July 1 in Dallas, Texas.  http://interabangbooks.com/

Since graduating from Penn State, Lori’s career path has taken unanticipated and exciting twists and turns, most of which were precipitated by her study of Russian.

Lori earned joint law and masters degrees in international relations at American University in 1993 after which she took a position at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  At Commerce, she traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union (spending time in 13 of the 15 former Soviet republics) as a member of various delegations working on US trade and investment issues in the region.  After four years at Commerce, Lori was hired as an international oil and gas attorney for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and moved to Dallas. While at ARCO Lori negotiated with Rosneft, Lukoil, and the Georgian State Oil Company on billion-dollar oil exploration and infrastructure deals, earning lots of frequent flier miles meeting with officials in Moscow and Tbilisi. When ARCO was acquired by British Petroleum in 2000, Lori joined the Dallas law firm of Haynes and Boone as an international attorney.  Then in 2005, she was hired by independent oil and gas producer, Pioneer Natural Resources, as the Associate General Counsel for International Business. 

It was a love of Russian literature that drew Lori to study Russian at Penn State, a passion that has remained steadfast throughout her career. In recent years, she has spent much of her free time reading contemporary literature and writing reviews for publication, including many articles on works translated from Russian, Ukrainian, and other East European languages. These pursuits led to an invitation to participate as one of nine judges for the annual Best Translated Book Award and being elected by her peers to serve on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle.  So, it seemed a natural progression to take her love of literature and enthusiasm for sharing literary discoveries to the next level—owning an independent bookstore. Lori retired from law practice earlier this year to devote herself full time to literary pursuits such as making Interabang Books the best independent bookstore in the country. Twitter: @LoriFeathers