Thursday, July 10, 2008

McMurtry's New Book on a Life in Books

One of AT's favorite writers, Larry McMurtry, has published a new book. It's called Books: A Memoir, and it chronicles the Texas author's life as an author, bookseller and antiquarian book dealer.

McMurtry, best known for his epic Western novel, Lonesome Dove, lived for years in Washington, D.C., where he ran his bookstore. More recently, he moved the business to his hometown, Archer City, Texas, where he now has more than 300,000 used books.

In an interview published today in USA Today, McMurtry says his bookstore, called Booked Up, is holding its own as a business, but not making a lot of money.

McMurtry, 72, also confesses to being computer illiterate. He writes on a Hermes portable typewriter, which makes it hard to get through airports, he says.

McMurtry's new book, published by Simon and Schuster, goes for $24. We don't have a copy get, but we'll get one. We love the guy.

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