I've been up since 6:00 this morning and am already running behind, so in lieu of a regular post today, a bittersweet announcement.
Kate Mattes, den mother of the New England crime fiction community, announced yesterday that she has sold her house, the home of the legendary Kate's Mystery Books (shelves constructed by Robert B. Parker). The bookstore will survive in some format, remaining to be seen; Kate will continue to sponsor author events and her annual holiday party at different locations around Cambridge and Boston.
But in the meantime, all the books have to leave the house. Thus, she's scheduled a massive book sale and packing day for Saturday, August 1, from 11:00 to 5:00. Even Kate's not quite sure about everything she's got; she has titles in her back room, outside public view, that collectors dream about, and it's quite possible that some of these titles will be available for sale at this event.
Regardless of what you might want to buy, August 1 will be an opportunity for all of us to gather and thank Kate for her decades of support, and help her make this transition to whatever the next incarnation of Kate's Mystery Books might be.
Check the website or call the store (617-491-2660) for details. See you there.