Larry McMurtry is known for writing books (and screenplays), but he is also a bookseller. For many years, McMurtry has collected and sold rare books from the town of Archer City, Texas. He has bookstores filled with hundreds of thousands of rare, antiquarian and collectible books.
Friday, they go on sale. Most of them, anyway: McMurtry is auctioning the contents of several stores, save one. And it's keeping 150,000 books in stock.
In addition to being a significant book collector and bookseller, McMurtry has a stunning publishing record and screenwriting career. He's the author of the Pulitzer prize winner "Lonesome Dove," and dozens of other novels, including "The Last Picture Show," "Texasville" and "Terms of Endearment." Many have been successfully adapted for the screen -- in addition to those listed, "Horsemen, Pass By" became the film "Hud" -- and McMurtry collected an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay adaptation of "Brokeback Mountain."
What's going up for auction are the contents of McMurtry's Booked Up stores numbers 2, 3, and 4. The stores have been open for a sale preview for the week leading up to the shelf sale, which will take place Friday and Saturday. That's in person: the auction will not be online.