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McMurtry decides not to close bookstore

Business has improved at North Texas shop
/ Source: The Associated Press

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry won’t be closing his eclectic book shop after all.

The author of “Lonesome Dove” and “Terms of Endearment” announced in February that he would shutter Booked Up Inc., because the store had been losing customers.

But McMurtry said this week that the shop’s outlook has improved due to staff cuts and an upturn in business. The North Texas shop contains about 400,000 books, including hard-to-find, out-of-print and used editions.

“I think it will be able to stay solvent and stay open,” McMurtry said. “I didn’t want to close it.”

McMurtry revitalized his one-stoplight hometown when he opened the shop in the mid-1980s. The store grew as McMurtry closed his bookstores in other states and moved the books to the North Texas location.

Many residents still resent McMurtry’s portrayal of Archer City in “The Last Picture Show” and other novels.