Papercuts JP Draws Crowds at Boston Book Festival Saturday

Opened a year ago at 5 Green St., Papercuts JP was prominently displayed Saturday at the seventh annual Boston Book Festival held at Copley Square and adjacent venues. Working in collaboration with Harvard Book Store, Papercuts JP was one of seven metropolitan-area independent booksellers at the Book Festival. Boston proper has only two independent book sellers focusing on new books: Trident on Newbury Street and Papercuts JP. Papercuts JP had a table overflowing with new books at the Boston Common Hotel on the second floor conference room. This summer, Jamaica Plain News spoke to proprietor Kate Layte about her first seven months in business.


Seven Months On, Papercuts Is Going Strong

Nothing is more heavenly than the scent of freshly baked pastries and books.  Both uplift the soul at the end of Green Street where next door to each other are Blue Frog Bakery and Papercuts JP, Jamaica Plain's newest indie bookstore. Papercuts is owned and managed by Kate Layte, 29, of Forest Hills. She opened the 5 Green St. store on Nov.29, 2014 during Small Business Saturday. "I had a fantastic opening day," she said.

Paper covers the door at Papercuts, JP's newest bookstore. The 5 Green St. shop opens Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

Jamaica Plain’s New Bookstore, Papercuts, Opens Saturday

To judge from sheer social media buzz, Saturday's opening of a new bookstore on Green Street may be the most-talked-about JP business opening in years. Kate Layte, owner and manager of Papercuts, has already attracted 1,808 "likes" on her 5 Green St. store's Facebook page. And that's before the first book has been sold. That first sale should come around 11 a.m. Saturday as the shop begins its grand opening celebration.


Bookstore Plans to Open on Green Street

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Post by Papercuts, JP. As you can see from the Facebook post embedded here, a bookstore called "Papercuts" plans to open this fall in the space recently vacated by Hatched, which moved around the corner. The bookstore already has its social media act together. You can follow their evolution on Facebook and Twitter. Jamaica Plain News has reached out to the owners and we hope to bring you more details soon.


Local Author Publishes Crime Novel

The debut novel of local author J. M. Taylor, Night of the Furies, is a dark noir set in Boston during the first half of the twentieth century. It brings to life a Boston long past – a city where meetings at the Old Howard were a secret kept between father and son, where Scollay Square never slept, and where violent crime lurked in every dirty corner. The story is bookended by two events that are classic myths of Boston – the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 and the Red Sox “Impossible Dream” season of 1967. In between, Taylor visits other points familiar and not so much, including the Cocoanut Grove Fire, and the Statler Hotel robbery, which was the biggest heist ever in Boston, until the Brinks Job two days later. “Nobody remembers second place,” Taylor says about the crime, which his fictional characters commit.