Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Montana Book & Toy Co.
331 N. Last Chance Gulch           Helena, Montana  59601
406-443-0260     Toll Free: 1-877-844-0577

Store Hours

Mon. - Fri.: 9:30am-6:00pm
Sat: 9:30am-5:00pm

Author Event

Thursday, September 24th 5-7pm

Scott Ellsworth will sign copies of the “Secret Game: A wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketballs Lost Triumph.” There will be an author presentation at 5.

September 24th: The Secret Game Book Signing 5:00pm-7:00pm

Montana Book & Toy Company is proud to be hosting Scott Ellsworth, author of The Secret Game, for a signing at our bookstore. Based on years of research, The Secret Game is a story of courage and determination, and of an incredible, long-buried moment in the nation's sporting past. The riveting, true account of a remarkable season, it is the story of how a group of forgotten college basketball players, aided by a pair of refugees from Nazi Germany and a group of daring student activists, not only blazed a trail for a new kind of America, but helped create one of the most meaningful moments in basketball history. This story also features one of Helena’s very own, the late Dr. Jack Burgess. Scott will share about this courageous and triumphant story after which he will stay to sign copies of The Secret Game. This event will take place Thursday, September 24th, at the Montana Book and Toy Company (331 N Last Chance Gulch) from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Our Dearest Friend Jan

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On the afternoon of July 12, 2015, Jan Peccia died of cancer at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. Jan was 48 years old.

In 1997, Jan purchased The Montana Book and Toy Co. with her sister-in-law and best friend, Didi Augustine Peccia. The bookstore remains an anchor in downtown Helena for readers and writers of all levels and ages. Jan brought her warmth, her keen literary sense, and her commitment to the Helena community, to all facets of the business. With Didi she participated in a store book club, hosted readings by local and visiting authors, and co-sponsored many charitable events. She was an avid reader, and loved nothing more than matching a customer with a good book.

Jan embarked on a second business in 2005, when—again with sister-in-law Didi—she became a real estate broker and formed Augustine Properties which specializes in residential and commercial real estate. Augustine Properties was involved in the development of Nob Hill on the south side of Helena. Jan was perfectly suited for this new position. Just as she wanted to be sure Montana Book Company customers walked out of the store with the perfect book, she worked long hours to match real estate customers to the house of their dreams. She treated each listing as an honor and an adventure.

Jan was diagnosed with melanoma in October 2013. She endured a hard year of treatment, but never lost her positive attitude or her adventurous spirit, and barely let it slow down her busy life. She continued to play an active role in her family’s life, worked at both businesses, took yoga classes, participated in her book club, gardened and always had a warm smile ready for anyone she encountered. She was declared cancer free in December 2014, and celebrated with her family and dozens of friends. Unfortunately, the cancer returned suddenly in July 2015. She spent her final days with her children, family and friends, celebrating her life.
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Thursday, September 18—7:00-8:00—Lewis & Clark Library—Nationally known poet, Carol Frost will read from her new book, “Entwined”.

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