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Gustavo Belotta, General Manager
Gustavo has worked in the book retail market for over 16 years and has read a few here and there in that time. He will occasionally do some writing, some acting, some 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.
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Dianna, a student at Purdue University Global, studying Legal Services and Support with a Paralegal Concentration, has a love for walking and enjoy doing so all year long; rain, snow, or shine. Her favorite pastime is searching for famous quotes from authors; political leaders, figures, and activists; scientists, and spiritual leaders, sometimes spending hours searching endlessly for quotes on motivation, inspiration, and wisdom.
Dianna also enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, water skiing, and mountain bike riding. Her family came to Montana from Michigan in 1975 and she moved to Billings five years ago. Quickly becoming very fond of the Magic City, Dianna plans on staying in this area because she is happy to call Billings home. One evening, while going for a walk downtown, Dianna happened upon a new little bookstore and tea shop. Because of her love for the downtown area, Montana authors and artists, she is happy to be working at This House of Books.
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Jana Richter, Bookseller
Jana has been a lover of reading her whole life; from a young age she had to be ripped away from her books at school and home and would stay up daily past her bedtime getting lost in the other-worlds of fiction. This soon became her favorite pastime.
When Jana walked into This House of Books, she immediately felt the magic of being surrounded by so many stories and knew she wanted to stay a while. She’s ecstatic to be working at the store now.
In her free time, Jana can be found reading, writing, doing art, and exploring the Montana outdoors. Her favorite genres are currently short story fiction and poetry.
See Jana's staff picks.