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Bookstore Staff

We have a great team heading up the effort, but that’s only the beginning. Hundreds of people have been involved in building the co-op, and you could be one of them! To make a community-owned store a reality, use the “Get Involved” menu to become a member/owner, a volunteer, or an employee.

 

Gustavo Belotta, General Manager

Photograph of Gustavo Belotta, General Manager for This House of Books, a community-owned, independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, Montana

Gustavo has worked in the retail book market for over 20 years and has read a few here and there in that time. He will occasionally do some writing, acting, painting, or anything else creative that takes his fancy. He can be found playing board games or trying to convince people to play board games the rest of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Elam, Bookseller

Katie is our newest employee, coming to us with a wealth of knowledge about community outreach. She is passionate about books and education and recommends Nimona and the books of Travis Baldree. Although she is not originally from Montana, she fits right in!

 

Shirley Marin, Bookseller

Shirley is a Southern California transplant who loves dark fantasy, thought-provoking literary fiction, and anything a little quirky. As a mom, she has LOTS of recommendations for young readers, and she spearheads our periodic bilingual (Spanish/English) storytime.

 

Lydia Parkins, Bookseller

 

Kat Schoolitz, Bookseller

Photograph of Kat Schoolitz, bookseller at This House of Books, your downtown indie bookstore in Billings, Montana

Kat is relatively new to the bookstore scene but is a passionate reader. They are currently studying English Literature at MSUB and have a history of studying film and philosophy, as well as undertaking a brief stint as a radio DJ. Music, art, film, and philosophy are their greatest passions, and they can always direct you to interesting topics in Nonfiction and the Classics. You can find them spinning tunes in the store on Sundays, especially from the 1950s-1990s. Kat is a lover of esoterica, trivia, and ephemera.

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Picks

A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and Esquire From Kliph Nesteroff, “the human encyclopedia of comedy” (VICE), comes the important and underappreciated story of Native Americans and comedy. It was one of the most reliable jokes in Charlie Hill’s stand-up routine: “My people are from Wisconsin. We used to b ... Read More about
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Alan Griswold
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Autistic Symphony offers a unique look at the fascinating subject of autism. Challenging the psychiatric and scientific perspectives that focus exclusively on disabilities and impairments, Autistic Symphony celebrates the challenges and rewards experienced by every autistic individual, and argues th ... Read More about
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Current price: $17.00
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST MYSTERY AND THRILLER BOOKS OF ALL TIME • WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD • NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD ONE OF THE B ... Read More about
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Current price: $15.00
A collection of the groundbreaking feminist writer's most famous works, with a thought-provoking introduction by bestselling author Kate Bolick Wonderfully sardonic and slyly humorous, the writings of landmark American feminist and socialist thinker Charlotte Perkins Gilman were penned in response t ... Read More about
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ND Stevenson
Current price: $18.99
Now a Netflix animated film! Nimona is the New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from ND Stevenson, based on his beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.” Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All th ... Read More about
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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A collection of the groundbreaking feminist writer's most famous works, with a thought-provoking introduction by bestselling author Kate Bolick Wonderfully sardonic and slyly humorous, the writings of landmark American feminist and socialist thinker Charlotte Perkins Gilman were penned in response t ... Read More about
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An Instant New York Times BestsellerA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2022A Library Reads PickAn Indie Next PickA Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award Nominee The much-beloved BookTok sensation, Travis Baldree's novel of high fantasy and low stakes. *This new edition includes a very special, never-be ... Read More about
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Javier Zamora
Current price: $18.00
New York Times Bestseller • Read With Jenna Book Club Pick as seen on Today • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiography • Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award A young poet tells the inspiring story of his migration from El Salvador to the United S ... Read More about
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