Bookseller Richard Gardner, Tulsa, Oklahoma's "king of books" and the longtime owner of Gardner's Used Books & Music Inc., died August 18, the Tulsa World reported, adding that the city had "lost one of the best friends a book ever had."
In a message to friends posted on Facebook Sunday, Socorro & Monica Gardner wrote: "Richard Gardner founded Gardner's Used Books in 1991. The bookstore grew out of Richard's passion for books and provides a selection as wide-ranging as Richard's interests.... The bookstore that Richard built will continue to operate with Richard's vision and our family's commitment to Tulsa. The bookstore will be closed on Thursday, August 24th, to allow Richard's employees to attend services. We will reopen the store on Friday August 25th. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we work to fill some very big shoes. Thank you."
During an interview with the Tulsa World last year, Gardner said reading "makes us better citizens and makes them better people. If you don't read, it's not good for you."