Christopher Stephens is an old-school bookman. He has spent his entire life reading, buying, researching, and learning about books. With his wife, Louisa, he has owned and managed a series of bookstores. The first was in their home in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, where they were finishing school. Stephens Bookshop moved to New York City in 1968. There were a series of locations until, in 1993, Chris combined his inventory with his father-in-law’s at riverrun in Hastings on Hudson NY.