More than 100 authors and personalities gathered to share their memories of renowned bookstore owner Law Chi-wah, who was found buried beneath 20 boxes of books last month, and memories of Hong Kong's 'upstairs bookstore' culture. Law, 45, who began operating the now defunct Green Text Bookstore in the late 1980s, was killed at his Tai Kok Tsui warehouse. His death was only discovered on February 14, 10 days after he died. Green Text Bookstore was a renowned independent store that was popular among authors and culture lovers. While Law was there, the bookstore also published works by local authors. Law was also a tai chi master who was keen on promoting Chinese martial arts overseas. Those who attended the memorial were saddened by Law's dramatic death. The service was attended by friends and comrades who appreciated Law's path in promoting books and literature, including critic Ma Ka-fai, who served as host. While Law's friends praised his dedication to bringing non-mainstream books to Hong Kong and promoting local literature, some were amused and recalled his way of doing business. 'I asked him to order a set of books and he didn't ask me to collect the books three months after they arrived,' Dr Ma said. 'But he had to pay for them when ordering the books.' Film critic Long Tin, who had known Law for nearly 20 years, said his dramatic death was destined to become part of Hong Kong's cultural folklore. 'Mr Law was very devoted to the bookstore, and he was also keen on publishing works by independent authors,' Long said. 'There were indeed traces of black humour when a bookseller died of being buried by books, but it was also a symbolic death. It made us question whether we have such an ideal or enthusiasm for something. Does our society allow such an idealist?' Writer Chan Sai-lok said that he had been a regular at Law's store for more than 10 years. 'I went there to look for [certain] books on literature, history and psychology because these books weren't available anywhere else,' he said. Lam Oi-wan, editor of the website inmediahk.com, agreed that Law's death had hit the local cultural circle hard. 'If you want to live your life by selling books or having something to do with books, does it mean this is what you get in the end?' he said. 'It's tragic that books aren't that popular in Hong Kong.'