Bookseller Rick Lightstone of the American Book Center in Amsterdam, a "lovable storyteller, book lover and people connector who touched so many people's lives and was part of our ABC team for over 28 years," died September 23. The bookstore held an event to celebrate his life yesterday.
He "grew to describe himself as 'Rick Lightstone, Professional Bookseller.' His enthusiasm and love for books plus his ambition to bring the biggest stars of the book world to ABC never stopped," the bookstore noted, adding: "We invented a job around Rick's personality and skills, and he can't be replaced. We'll miss him terribly and are grateful to him, as are so many others unknown to us, for brightening our lives. He was a Light. And will shine on."