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.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Louisa Likes Talk

Louisa Stephens and Dan Frank

photo by Christopher Stephens

(all other color photos, except those noted - like this one - taken by L. Scioscia Stephens)

I'm always ready for a good conversation. Most conversations are like bubbles - delightful, then gone. It is the conversation's passage through, leavening our daily lives, rather than the conversation itself that is significant.

Sometimes though, conversations themselves are kept. For instance, I'm going to post an extremely interesting one I had here with Dan Frank on this blog in a couple of days.

Another good way to capture a conversation is at Storycorps. This is a global archive of conversations housed at the Library of Congress. The project was created by David Isay. He has sound booths set up in a couple of cities and two mobile booths that travel throughout the USA collecting recordings of people talking. About anything. The booths are staffed by remarkably empathetic "facilitators" who handle the technology and exude encouragement.

Dan Frank indulged me by chatting with me in a Storycorps booth. Look it up if you're in Washington D.C. Go chat with someone in a Storycorps booth yourself. And come by riverrun for books or conversation.
storycorps blog

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