Touching photos and anecdotes that honor the friendship between 45 much-loved authors and their cats.
By Jennifer Grant
They say that to be a successful writer, one must enjoy the rhythm of their own company. More than a love for words, one must adore the casual observation and spending great swaths of time locked into deep thought and complete solitude. And what better creature to share this space with than that of the feline persuasion. I believe Gloria Steinem said it best about cats, “a writer’s most logical and agreeable companion.
Of her cat, Frida, Walker says that she loves her imperfections, “I look at her and I see absolute the perfection – the charming perfection – of her imperfection. It gives me so much information about the kind of life she has had, and the kind of soul she has probably fashioned.”
The British author of Coraline and Trigger Warning, often shares amusing and touching tales about the cats in his life within the pages of his digital journal. The Gaiman family used to have seven cats, always seven; as one would die or wonder away, another would take its place. Times have changes, with the introduction of two dogs, but Gaiman still honors the special bond he has with this feline friends.
The Plague of Doves and Love Medicine are but two of Louise Erdrich’s well-loved novels. Fans can’t wait to read the tales that Erdrich fashions, however, it is her cat that has the most privileged of positions. It has adoringly given witness to the writing process, from concept to publication over the years, a silent partner and even muse for the greatest tales of all.
There are many more delightful writer-cat pairings in the pages of this perfect coffee-table book. Christmas is just around the corner too (it is!) and I can’t think of a more perfect gift for the bookworm/cat lovers in my life.
“I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They cleanest, cunningest, most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.” — Mark Twain.
Writers and Their Cats will be available in bookstores and online on August 21, 2018. Don’t miss it!