I’m not a huge fan of reading Fantasy, nor do I generally read middle grade novels, so Chermpf* by William S. Russell III was a bit of a stretch for me, and I’ll be honest, the only reason I even picked it up was because the pitch email from the author’s wife was so lovely, I had to at least give it a try. And I have to say, I’m glad I did.Continue Reading
Mary Kennedy has generously offered up a Cat About Town Fold-up Tote Bag, along with an autographed copy of her new release, Dream a Little Scream, for one lucky reader. This lightweight, nylon tote bag features cats of all stripes with a metallic shimmer and is trimmed with chic faux-leather details. When it’s time to pack up, the tote neatly folds in a snap. Click here for more information about the bag.Continue Reading
When Anne Kaier first saw a cat in the middle of the road, she thought he was dead, and just kept on driving. But after passing four or five houses, she pulled over, got out of the car, stopped traffic, and picked up the limp, but still warm cat. After a few days at a veterinary clinic, the cat, who Kaier had named Henry by then, was pronounced healthy, so she took him home to live with her and her 10-year-old cat Lucille.Continue Reading
The Dalai Lama’s cat is back with a third installment in David Michie’s popular series. Michie first introduced the fictional feline, HHC (His Holiness’ Cat), dubbed “Little Snow Lion” by the Dalai Lama himself, in his 2012 novel The Dalai Lama’s Cat. HHC was rescued by the Dalai Lama when he saw the small kitten being thrown in the gutter. In the first book, the reader gets an insider’s look at the day to day life of the Dalai Lama’s world as seen by his cat. In the second book, The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring, the Dalai Lama gives his feline companion the task of discovering the true case of happiness.
In The Dalai Lama’s Cat and The Power of Meow, HHC continues her quest for enlightenment Continue Reading
Like so many of us, Gwen Cooper watched the news coverage of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April with horror. The quake killed more than 8,000 people and injured thousands more. Tens of thousands of survivors are homeless. Even though the news coverage focused primarily on human needs, any large scale disaster always affects animals.Continue Reading
I am super excited to announce that Mango Media will be publishing my new book, Tortitude: The Little Book of Cats With a Big Attitude, in February of 2016. The book will include fun facts about torties, as well as funny, inspirational and thought-provoking quotes, and, of course, lots and lots of photos of torties.
And this is where you come in:Continue Reading
Each step, whether in happiness or in sadness, is a gift. What we do with
those gifts is what makes all the difference. – Sister Augustine
Even though Sundays are usually devoted to purrs of wisdom from our feline friends via our Conscious Cat Sunday column, Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions is the kind of book that fits right in with our Sunday theme. This memoir by Harvard-trained educator, artist and award winning writer John Schlimm chronicles the five year friendship between the author and 87-year-old Sister Augustine, a Benedictine nun at St. Joseph’s Monastery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania. And while this is not a cat book, Sister’s relationship with her beloved cat Blitzen does play an important role in the book.Continue Reading
I first “met” Prince Pangur Ban two years ago, when Holly contacted me because he had been having issues with a sensitive tummy and some itchiness. In the course of our initial conversation, I found out that Pangur is not only a stunningly handsome and much loved Himalayan, he is also the star of his own comic strip.
From 2011 to 2015, Holly shared Pangur’s life with her wonderful, silly puff of fluff on her webcomic page, and now, she is collecting all of the strips for a full color paperback book. She’ll also add a few new, never before seen comics created just for the book. I am in awe of Holly’s ability to capture Pangur’s personality with just a few strokes of a pen, and I was delighted when she asked me to write the foreword for the book.
The book will be published as a Limited Edition, and is sure to become a collector’s item. It will only be available to Kickstarter backers and clients of Holly’s studio. You can pre-order the book on Kickstarter and receive some amazing perks, ranging from a signed edition of the book to t-shirts, pens and totebags featuring Prince Pangur. A limited number of backers will receive a cartoon or watercolor portrait of their cat. Holly will even create a brand new comic strip featuring you and your cat – this perk is only available for ten lucky backers. Here’s a sample of one of the many perks:
For more information about the book and the perks, please visit Holly’s Kickstarter page.
Check out the adorable cartoon of Allegra and Ruby,
drawn by the amazingly talented Holly G
Every Sunday, we share purrs of wisdom and talk about the lessons our cats teach us in our Conscious Cat Sunday column. Today, in lieu of a new column, I’m delighted to give away a copy of Zen Cats: Meditations for the Wise Minds of Cat Lovers to one lucky reader. This beautiful little volume features gorgeous cat photos alongside excerpts from the Dhammapada, a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures.Continue Reading
The Metropolitan Museum of Art introduces Puzzling Cats, a fun puzzle book for cat lovers. Aimed at children ages 3-6, the pictures in this book feature works from the museum from various styles, time periods and cultures. Each piece is accompanied by a brief text explaining the painting, and each piece is also a a puzzle on board stock.Continue Reading
I know we all wonder from time to time what our cats are thinking. No matter how well-versed we are in feline body language and no matter how talkative they may be, there always seems to be a part of them that they keep to themselves. In Letters from Cats: Hilarious and Heartfelt Notes, Stacey Ritz imagines what cats might tell us if they were to write us letters.Continue Reading