Wednesday, November 30, 2011

“S” Is for Saved

Here’s a bit of unexpected good news from the world of independent bookstores. This message was sent by owner Ed Kaufman to patrons of his “M” Is for Mystery ... and More bookstore in San Mateo, California:
Earlier this year, I announced my intention to retire from operating the bookstore. Today I am delighted to announce that the bookstore will continue in this space, but under the name Third Avenue Bookstore, with the subtitle of “M” is for Mystery ... and More. We hope you will share our enthusiasm for this venture, which we feel is a most fortunate outcome. Please read on for important information.

The new owner will be Steve Feldman, whose background includes over 22 years in primarily used and rare books here on the [San Francisco] Peninsula. Steve will feature quality used books, in all categories, along with a special section for mystery and crime fiction, which will include used, collectible and a selection of new books. In addition, the intention is to continue to have some author events as well.

You, our loyal and supportive book-loving customers, have made these fifteen years possible and enjoyable. Authors from near and far, appearing at “M,” have provided the live spark of creativity--that essential living link between book and reader. We know that all of you will always be welcome here and we encourage you to continue making this address your bookstore home, both in person and online.
This development seems destined to boost spirits among the folks who’ll attend “M” Is for Mystery’s annual holiday party, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 (between noon and 3 p.m.), and will include members of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. “Enjoy the refreshment buffet while you meet and greet many terrific authors and fellow stalwart customers,” Kaufman adds in today’s notice, “and let us introduce you to Steve Feldman.”

(Hat tip to Mark Coggins.)

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