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Best Bookstore Houston 2007 - Butler & Sons

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Houston book lovers were crushed a few years back with the closing of Colleen's Books, the ramshackle used book store out on Telephone Road. But good things have sprung from the closure: Now, if you enjoy a little country drive, you can head to Butler & Sons in Rosenberg. Owner William Butler purchased Colleen Urbanek's stock, has added his own significant items and put them in a comfortable, casual store in a 1930s building in the antique center of the Fort Bend County town. Butler is a dedicated bibliophile: His collection includes books signed by Hemingway and Faulkner, and a copy of The Dictionary of Vulgar Language with handwritten notations by Mark Twain. And it's not limited to just books: Last December he spent $360,000 combined for a page of Paul McCartney's draft lyrics of "Max­well's Silver Hammer" and a 1968 Fender Stratocaster owned by Jimi Hendrix.

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Is Butler and Son's still open, or did they re-open? Been out there twice, and they don't answer the phone.

Rev. John Betancourt
Rev. John Betancourt

Dear Sr.

I was a missionary to Cuba for 20 years and during does years I met the grand daugther of the photographer of Fidel Castro. I bougth from her a marvelous collection of phots and recordings from the cuban revolution. I have Original photos From Che, Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, raul Castro, Fidel castro. The recordings include speeches by Che Guevara, adn arecording made by Radio rebelde at the Sierra Maestra, you can here the shots fired by the rebels , interviews to che and Fidel. This collection is wonderfull. I have no use for it if you are interested please let me know. if you sent me an email Ill show you what I have.


pastor John Betancourt


I did feel very disappointed that I missed visiting the shop one last time and saying goodbye to Colleen that summer when the shop suddenly closed.

It was quite a place. She had snips of B/W cartoons from newspapers stappled all over. Woody and definitely kind of ramshakle with lots of books, nearly all hard-cover. They were pretty well organized, too; so, it was fairly easy to find what you were looking for.

Something that might be added to the blurb is that the shop was a favorite haunt of the popular talkshow host, Alvin VanBlack. He often mentioned Colleen's.

Thanks for the info about where Colleen's books went!