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.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Isabella Bannerman Draws at riverrun

drawing copyright Isabella Bannerman 2009

Isabella Bannerman visited riverrun last week. Chris showed her around the store. She took out her sketchbook. At first she thought of a cartoon picturing proprietor Chris Stephens as a Meriwether Lewis or William Clark, bushwacking his way through a wilderness of books in the store.
That would have worked. Riverrun contains some dangerous passageways. ("Do you want me to help tidy up a little?" Isabella asked.) Long corridors between shelves in the back are like canyons. Open areas in the front are mighty vistas.
In the end, her vision could not be contained within walls. The magnificent palisades across the Hudson became books. Meriwether Stephens points the way.

Isabella Bannerman is the Monday cartoonist for the syndicated Six Chix strip. Her off-beat humor is a great treat.
There will be an exhibit of Isabella's work at the Station Cafe in Hastings on Hudson on April 25th. You can catch her Mondays in any one of hundreds of newspapers, or anytime on the internet.

Isabella Bannerman's website
Six Chix website (I especially like the painting of Kinally Cove posted there on March 6)

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