Tucson’s Oldest Bookstore Defies Challenges, Loss of Co-Owner | Books

“She was always the one who knew about books,” said Fellows. “She loved books and everything about bookstores. Especially this one. “

Anne Lane, Bailey’s sister, becomes a co-owner of the bookstore. Anne and her daughter have helped run the shop for the past few years.

The bookstore is still open Wednesday through Sunday five days a week, but Fellows has cut its hours.

The Book Stop is Tucson’s oldest bookstore and still operates the same way it did when it opened 54 years ago.

Unlike the other independent bookstores in the area that sell new and used books, The Book Stop’s inventory is used entirely. Bailey and Fellows also never branch out into “sideline jobs” such as gifts, stationery, or clothing.

Tim Olcott is flipping through some photo books on March 6, 2020 at The Book Stop, 214 N. Fourth Ave.

Mamta Popat, Arizona Daily Star

But if you’re a collector or prospector of rare books, Bergdorf owns the shop. One of The Book Stop’s regulars was Larry McMurtry, a passionate collector.

“We saw him a lot when he was in Tucson,” said Fellows. “After he and Diana (Ossana) won their Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, he stopped at the door one day and said he had something to show us. It was Oscar. I’ve learned that Oscars are really hard! “

McMurtry named Fellows, Bailey and The Book Stop “Books” on the acknowledgment page of his first memoir.


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