Who are we?

ByWay Books 399 Canal St Brattleboro VT 05301

Our Mission

ByWay Books & More isn’t just a bookstore. We’re a community – a sanctuary of sorts. At ByWay Books we provide a wide variety of reading experiences that cater to all interests. Turning the pages of a book is a tactile experience. It is our mission to provide you with that experience.


We strive for quality customer service, whether it’s finding a gift, locating a unique title, or deciding on that just-right book to curl up with on a snowy day, we will help you. 

Who We Are

Severia Drake - Proprietor

ByWay Books & More is a culmination of Severia’s work in the book business. She has worked at libraries, publishing companies, and bookstores. To find that special book for someone is a pleasure.


Severia has recently spent almost 10 years working for a nonprofit in Stamford, CT where she operated two used book shops. She managed volunteers, marketing, sales and operations and developed a collection of books that served a highly diverse community.


Severia is eager to bring her experience to our community and to help you find books that will satisfy your curiosity, entertain you and encourage you to be who you are.


Elizabeth Drake - mom and all-round employee

Elizabeth moved to Vernon in 2019 after 25 years as a college professor in Gainesville, Florida. She now lives her lifelong dream in a home with the woods as her backyard. Since arriving in Vermont she has been trying—unsuccessfully—to retire.


Liz still keeps her fingers (laptop fingers) in education as an online adjunct professor. She has authored computer programming textbooks for several large publishers and continues to write and edit as a freelancer. Her true avocation, though, is writing young adult dystopian fiction.


When her daughter talked to her about opening a bookstore in Brattleboro, she eagerly jumped on board. She believes that this will be her most challenging endeavor.

Blake Hyatt - Full Stack Developer

Blake Hyatt was born in West Palm Beach, though lived his first 8 years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Engineering. He’s been working as a full stack developer the last 6 years. Blake is dedicated to providing scalable, lightweight web services – from general IT to web and software development. He also composes and produces music as a passion project under the pseudonym The FloodShark.


Eddie Bender - Senior Graphic Designer


Eddie Bender was born in Pennsylvania, where he studied graphic design at Shippensburg University. He now lives in sunny Tampa, Florida. With over 8 years of professional experience and 12 combined years of art & design experience, Eddie’s goal is to continue to create great designs and graphic work for clients while establishing meaningful relationships along the way. Eddie strives to use his creative passion to turn your ideas into thoughtful and effective visual solutions.