Christopher P. Stephens, Bookman

Chris Stephens has been a book dealer since 1965 - earlier if you count childhood buying and selling.

Stephens has sold major collections to university libraries all over the world. He has operated appealing bookstores in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Hastings on Hudson, NY and several in NYC, NY. He is a wholesale dealer to other bookstores all over the world.

Chris loves books.

Stephens now maintains a lively internet operation out of his new home in Scranton, PA.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gregory P. Stephens - 1988

Now Greg is "Mr. Stephens". He teaches math at Hastings High School - the same place where he took math when he was a student there. Back then Gregory Stephens spent time at riverrun bookstore. Sometimes he worked there. Sometimes he hung out, reading or talking with his grandfather, Frank Scioscia.
Frank was delighted. Someone once asked Frank why he'd opened riverrun. He answered that he wanted the children who lived in Hastings to grow up in a town that had a bookstore like his. It wasn't really a full answer but it was a good one. And no doubt it was part of the fuller reason.
Gregory always liked books. He's still a big reader. He married a big reader and they have two big-reader daughters who live across the street from the high school and a few blocks from riverrun.
When Frank Scioscia retired from Harper Collins, his responsibilites were divided into 4 new jobs. At about the time of this photo Gregory took one of them. He didn't love the job. Probably Greg would have enjoyed it a lot more if either 1.) his grandfather was still working there too, or 2.) he'd been able to have all four parts. Even though that would have been 4 times the work, it would have also been 4 times the pleasure.
Greg gets plenty of pleasure in his current job teaching. He still drops into riverrun occasionally. He doesn't spend as much time there as he did in his youth, but several times a week he does play raquetball with the present proprietor.

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