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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.
See Gustavo's staff picks.
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.
See Dianna's staff picks.
Emilie Burditt, Bookseller
Emilie helps us out a couple of evenings a week, but her primary job is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Billings. She has spent her time here investigating urban food insecurity and trying to implement ways to allay it. Read more about her work here and here.