In August 2012, Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up Inc. auctioned over
300,000 antiquarian books shelved within the bookstore's four large buildings
in the small oil patch town of Archer City, Texas. This vast collection
of American bookshops past, personally curated by Mr. McMurtry over more than
forty years, held the acquisition of some twenty-six bookshops and more than
two hundred personal libraries.
Despite the sweltering Texas heat, dealers, collectors,
teachers, working-class citizens, lookers-on and local folks queued up outside
Building Four with the hopes of being part of “The Last Book Sale”. As attendees stepped through the doors for the pre-auction viewing,
they were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books that greeted them: "Where do I even start?" they asked
Larry began his love affair
with the book trade by attending an auction similar to “The Last Book Sale”
more than forty-one years ago in Washington, D.C. He grew up in southeast
Archer County, Texas on the southernmost rim of the Great Plains. His
family brand is a stirrup, and while no cattle are at present branded, some
28,000 books in his personal library bear the stirrup bookplate.
Although he is best known for his novels, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove, Mr. McMurtry has said that he became a
novelist in order to support his book collecting habit. Several of McMurtry’s novels were adapted for
the large and small screen, ushering in the acting careers of Paul Newman, Jeff
Bridges, Cybil Shepherd, Tommy Lee Jones, Debra Winger, Diane Lane, in such
films as, Hud, The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment and
the Lonesome Dove television miniseries. In 2006, he won an
Academy Award with his longtime writing partner Diana Ossana for their
screenplay adaptation of Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain.
With a rich, timeless legacy of 32 novels and 14 non-fiction books to
his credit, it is his avocation as a rare book scout, dealer and connoisseur
that “Books: A Documentary” reveals. By recounting Mr. McMurtry’s
self-proclaimed love affair with books, beginning over forty years ago when he
opened the first Booked Up storefront in Washington, D.C., we tell the compelling
story of the American antiquarian book trade: its past, present and future.
LARRY McMURTRY'S PERSONAL TYPEWRITER FOR A PLEDGE OF $25,000 - While we are unable to determine which works Mr. McMurtry has specifically written on this machine, we can guarantee that he has used this specific typewriter to write numerous novels, screenplays, reviews and personal letters on. Mr. McMurtry will also autograph the typewriter, and using the typewriter, write and sign a personalized letter to the awarded backer.
*please note this reward is for a pledge of $25,000, a pledged amount of less than $25,000 will not be considered and default to no-reward.
About the filmmakers...
Mathew and Sara met in 2004, working on the set of Brokeback Mountain and have been together ever since. Mathew has worked in the film industry over the past 15 years across Canada and the United States. Sara graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and started Studio Seven7 Films, a dynamic reality, scripted television, documentary and film production company based in Rhode Island with Mathew in 2011. Mathew and Sara welcomed their first child, Sofia in 2011.
"There's no froufrou with McMurtry. He's blunt. He doesn't waste time. But there's something very noble behind the impatience." - James L. Brooks via Schilling Interview - Entertainment Weekly