New Book Showcases Iconic Writers And Their Beloved Cats

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.


Gloria Steinman in Writers and Their Cats
From Alice Walker to Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain, iconic writers share a special bond with their cats, and Alison Nastasi has pulled these together into a new, charming hard cover book called, Writers and Their Cats.

Haruki Murakani in Writers and Their Cats

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway, famous for Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls, was gifted a 6-toed cat (polydactyl) by sea captain, Stanley Dexter. Polydactyl cats were preferred by sailors as it was believed that these were good luck. Hemingway named her Snow White and, today, 40 to 50 of Snow White’s descendants now live on the grounds of the museum (Hemingway’s former home) in Key West.

Iconic Erenest Hemingway with snowball

Ernest Hemingway in Writers and Their Cats

Alice Walker

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.”


Alice Walker for Writers and Their Cats

Neil Gaiman

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.


Neil Gaiman and Cat

Niel Gaiman for Writers and Their Cats

Louise Erdrich

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.

Louise Eldrich and Cat

Louise Erdrich for Writers and Their Cats

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.

Mark Twain and Cat


Mark Twain for Writers and Their Cats

“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!