Most of McMurtry's "Booked Up" Collection to be Auctioned

Most of McMurtry's "Booked Up" Collection to be Auctioned

Larry McMurtry's "Booked Up" book store locations in Archer City are now open for browsing, but soon all but one will close.  McMurtry is auctioning hundreds of thousands of books there, and another million or so in about a year on the West Coast.
    For years the Booked Up stores have been anchors for Archer City, bringing in thousands of book lovers, and lots of revenue from tourists.
    Kim Whitsitt, Archer City secretary, says, "The Booked Up stores put Archer City on the map as a book town."
    But owner Larry McMurty says it's time to write the final chapter for volume two, three and four of Booked Up, leaving original Booked Up #1 all by itself on Center St.
    "I just decided maybe it was my birthday," McMurtry says.  "I'm 76.  I have heirs that are literate, but they aren't book people.  If I keeled over and there are half a million books here, which is about that there is, it would be very burdensome for them."
    Addison and Sharova Auctioneers will be auctioning off more than 300-thousand of the half million books, which are broken down into 1530 lots.
    The two day "Last Book Sale" is August 10 and 11 in Archer City.
    "This is a golden opportunity for young book dealers to get a starting stock cheap," McMurtry says.
    Even though there will only be one Booked Up store in the square, Archer City residents say the city will still have the same charm for which it's known.
    "We're not excited that the other book stores are closing, but Booked Up #1 is a large facility.  I think it will still draw people to the town," Whitsitt says.
    "It still is a book town," McMurtry says.  "Booked Up #1 has about 125,000 books.  That's enough.  That's respectable."
    City officials say they're expecting up to 150 bidders and 500 spectators for the auction.
    You can browse the books up for auction tomorrow, then again Monday through Thursday, and of course still buy books at Booked Up #1.
     There will also be a barbeque and screening of the "Last Picture Show" Thursday, as well as a concert featuring James McMurtry, Larry's son, Friday night.
     For more information on these events, http://www.bookedupac.com/index.html
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