Kate’s Mystery Books was opened in 1983 by former social worker Kate Mattes, who had interned at Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Bookshop in New York City to learn the business. Just last year Kate’s won a Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America “for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.” But doing good doesn’t always ensure commercial longevity. Mattes has sold the big red Victorian house on Mass. Ave. in which her store is located, and must move out. As Ellen Clair Lamb writes in her Answer Girl blog,
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.I wish I could be among those shopping at Kate’s for the last time.
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.
UPDATE: In noting that Kate’s Mystery Books will soon close, Jiro Kimura of The Gumshoe Site mentions that “the store was once the home of the now-inactive Judas Goates, Robert B. Parker’s fan club.” I, for one, did not remember that.
THERE’S MORE: “Kate’s Mystery Books, R.I.P.,” by Jeanne Munn Bracken (Writers Plot); “Local Booksellers Save the Planet!”
(Barbara Fister’s Place).