Archive for November 8th, 2007

by Jay Stevens

Montana Kaimin‘s Mike Gerrity heard the rumor: the UM Bookstore today bought Fact & Fiction, Missoula’s longtime independent bookstore. F&F owner Barbara Theroux has the check in hand; it’s official.

Here’s what Theroux wrote in an email:

F&F is merging with the university bookstore. The downtown store will remain the same, the tradebook section (non-text) will become F&F on campus and a new location will contain a third F&F. As part of the deal I will be working for two years to see that the brand is established.

From what I understand, all branches will keep the Fact & Fiction name, and the new ownership will keep alive the spirit of the current bookstore. Which is great, because Barbara is the center of Missoula’s vibrant book writing and reading community, a frequent host of readings and one of the main forces behind Missoula’s Festival of the Book. She’s always stocking and promoting local authors, and is a good friend. If the new owners are anything like Barbara, our city’s loss will be minimal…

The best part of the deal is that Barbara is sticking around to run the events.

All-in-all, it sounds like a great deal for Barbara, the UM Bookstore, and Missoula.

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