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Publishers Weekly  |  October 21, 2002

When asked how big her 19-year-old Cambridge, Mass. store is, Kate Mattes jokes, "Not big enough." Though the square footage of Kate's Mystery Books won't be expanding anytime soon, Mattes's sphere of influence is growing very nicely, thank you. Her latest venture is a new publishing imprint, also called Kate's Mystery Books, with Boston publisher Justin, Charles & Co. "I see it as an extension of bookselling in a way," says Mattes. "When I'm reading manuscripts, I think, 'Would my customers like this book?'"


Parameters for the new imprint are still very flexible, partly because the house itself is new. In this, its first year, Justin, Charles has 12 titles on its list. "Our plan is to ramp up after a year, and we expect the Kate's imprint to grow along with everything else," says publisher Stephen Hull. "Five years down the line, I'd like to see us publishing 30 to 40 books a year, with 15 to 20 of those Kate's books."


The imprint's first title will be Scarlett Thomas's Dead Clever, the first in the British writer's Lily Pascale series (and previously published by Hodder in the U.K.), due out in February. The following month will see the release of The White Trilogy by Ken Bruen, another British import. The Repo by Bill Eidson has just been signed and is scheduled for May 2003.

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