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5 Times Library-Loving Cats Made the News

Everybody knows the Venn diagram of people who like reading and people who like cats is damn near a circle, but what about cats who like reading? Yep, seems people are pretty into them, too. Here are five instances of particularly persistent book-loving felines whose love of libraries made the news:

 

1. Max

 

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Max made the news back in 2017 with his relentless attempts to gain entry to his local library, despite the protests of his owners and staff. He was so persistent that the library was forced to put up a sign discouraging patrons from allowing Max into the library with them, explaining that it was in nobody’s best interest, least of all his own, for him to be in there.

 

2.  Browser

 

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Browser the cat’s eviction from his library of choice sparked ‘international outcry’ when it made headlines in 2016. Thousands of people around the world expressed their support for the cat who resided, and still resides, at the library in White Settlement, Texas. After the local council decided to evict Browser on the basis that his presence prevented some members of the community from utilizing the library, other library patrons objected. The Guardian reports that at a local meeting regarding Browser’s fate, “a woman spoke about the history of cats in libraries. A man mentioned WebMD statistics on the low prevalence of cat allergies. Others talked about how the cat brought children into the library to read. A little boy was sad he had only been able to pet the cat once.”

Luckily for the town’s beloved Browser, the decision was overturned and he was allowed to remain at the library.

 

3. Dewey

 

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Dewey, full name: Dewey Readmore Books, was deposited in the returns slot of a library in Spencer, Iowa when he was a kitten. Dewey captured the hearts of the librarians and became the library’s very own cat, even inspiring his own book,  Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The WorldNo YOU’RE crying.

 

4. Mu

 

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Mu is Ireland’s Maynooth University’s library cat, who very kindly provided an interview with a student journalist for the Maynooth University Times this past October. During the interview, Mu provided many insights into his life, including: “I have resided here for many a year, and, by many a year, I mean I do not understand the concept of time.”

 

5. Penny

 

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Penny is another library cat whose proposed eviction sparked objection. Jezebel reports that she had lived at Massachusetts’ Swansea Public Library for nine years before her presence was raised as an issue due to concerns over allergies. A petition in favor of Penny on Change.org garnered over 1,800 signatures.

Patrick Higgins, the man behind the campaign to have Penny removed, was gobsmacked by public support for her, and, in response, gave one of the most ‘I’m the baddie in a children’s film wherein the cat is the hero’ statements of all time: “We’ve got pictures of the cat on Facebook laying on top of a laptop, and they think this is okay!” quoth Higgins, presumably slamming his fist on an oak desk. “I just don’t understand it. The cat has gone all over the world. You’ve got the petition with over 2,000 people over a freaking cat.” And what, Higgins?

Unfortunately, Penny passed away in 2014, but lived in her beloved library until her final days.

 

 

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Cats and authors

10 Famous Authors and Their Feline Muses

Have you ever been to Strand Bookstore in New York City? If you have, then you must have noticed that there are so many cattish things around you: cat pins, cat books, cat stickers, cat pens, cat mugs, cat____ (you can fill in anything you can imagine). Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but you cannot deny that images of cats are always linked with artists, writers, and thinkers. So, thanks to Alison Nastasi’s book Writers and Their Cats, now we may know more about this mysterious association!

 

 

After publishing Artists and Their Cats in 2015, Nastasi never gives up researching about the relationship between people who create and cats that linger around them. According to her promo post, this book contains 45 famous authors who shared their homes and hearts with their beloved furry feline friends, including Mark Twain, Alice Walker, Haruki Murakami, and Ursula K. Le Guin. The following is her introduction of 10 authors and their cats:

 

 

1. Haruki Murakami

 

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Haruki Murakami is a jazz aficionado and owns a floor-to-ceiling vinyl collection that would make any music lover jealous. In the 1970s, Murakami first shared his obsession for music by opening the Tokyo jazz club Peter Cat, named after one of his pets. The Norwegian Wood author wrote his first two novels there, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973. Cats are featured in the early books as they always are in Murakami’s stories—elliptical symbols that slink in and out of his character’s lives.

 

 

2. Jirō Osaragi

 

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The Osaragi Jirō Memorial Museum in Yokohama, Japan is dedicated to the author Jirō Osaragi and features numerous cat ornaments as an integral part of its feline-themed decor. Osaragi wrote several novels connected to Yokohama, including Gento (Magic Lantern) and lived at the Hotel New Grand for over 10 years (in room 318). It’s often said that the Shōwa-period author cared for over 500 cats throughout his lifetime at his home in Kamakura, Japan—which is sometimes open to the public. Visitors can lounge on Osaragi’s terrace and sip tea while picturing the hundreds of semi-feral cats that once frolicked in the gardens.

 

 

3. Judy Blume

 

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The Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret author adored a calico cat she kept that lived to old age—although the author’s most famous cat-centric portrait is a photograph of Blume holding her neighbor’s cat. The writer currently dotes on the many grand-cats in her family.

 

 

4. Stephen King

 

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The feline protagonists in Stephen King’s novels lead haunted lives. In Pet Sematary, King tells a story of loss inspired by his family’s own tragic experience with their pet cat Smucky who was hit by a car. King’s cat-filled publicity photo for the movie Cat’s Eye, based on several of the author’s short stories, proves that the author’s fascination with the macabre didn’t stop him from being a cat magnet.

 

 

5. Alice Walker

 

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“I have always been an outsider,” Alice Walker stated in an author Q&A for her book The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart. “The standard rules and acceptable forms of behavior have never applied to me. In that sense, I was raised wild. And why wouldn’t I be? Why would I attempt to ‘conform’ to a society that doesn’t value my existence, that has done everything to wipe me out? I always knew that I’d have to construct an alternative reality.” The novelist took the same approach when it came to her cats, seeming to favor the outsiders and misfits—like a snaggletoothed stray she took in or the shelter cat Frida, a sweet calico with a rough past that she named after artist Frida Kahlo.

 

 

6. Elizabeth Bishop

 

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“[Elizabeth] Bishop’s poetics is one distinguished by tranquil observation, craft-like accuracy, care for the small things of the world, a miniaturist’s discretion and attention,” wrote critic Ernest Hilbert about the American poet. This quiet precision was displayed by the cats Bishop kept and wrote about. One of her pets had a penchant for dissecting its prey like a world-class surgeon.

 

 

7. Helen Gurley Brown

 

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In the 1970s, Cosmopolitan magazine’s mascot was a pink cartoon pussycat nicknamed Lovey. The sleek feline wore a large bow around its neck and boasted fluttering eyelashes. Lovey embodied the sassy, independent life Cosmo painted for its readers—the kind longtime editor Helen Gurley Brown lived to the fullest with her two chocolate-point Siamese cats by her side.

 

 

8. Jorge Luis Borges

 

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Borges took a literary approach to naming one of his favorite felines, a large white cat he called Beppo. The kittenly companion was named after a character in a Lord Byron poem. The Argentine writer was also fond of tigers—evidenced by his short story “Blue Tigers,” about a professor who seeks out an elusive cobalt-colored beast.

 

 

9. Doris Lessing

 

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British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing wrote of her affection for cats many times, but she felt a particular affinity for her pet El Magnifico. “He was such a clever cat,” she remarked to the Wall Street Journal in 2008. “We used to have sessions when we tried to be on each other’s level. He knew we were trying. When push came to shove, though, the communication was pretty limited.”

 

 

10. Sylvia Plath

 

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Plath lovers are unanimously charmed by a drawing The Bell Jar novelist left behind of a “curious French cat,” peeking out from behind a wall. She also practically pioneered the “crazy cat lady” trope with the poem, “Ella Mason and Her Eleven Cats.”

 

 

Oh yeah, this is definitely interesting to read. Bookstr folks, are you also cattish writers? 

 

Well, I definitely am.

 

 

Suggested reading:

8 Authors Who Are Famously Cat Crazy

 

 

 

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Cats Musical - Leaping Cats

‘Cats’ Film Set to Take the Place of ‘Wicked’ Holiday Air Date!

It seems that Wicked won’t be flying high to the movies anytime soon! Production is being pushed back with the release date now to be announced. In its place, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films are releasing Cats, the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical from 1981.

 

 

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Lyricist and Composer Stephen Schwartz, who worked on Wicked the musical, revealed that production is currently in the process of working on the screenplay. Schwartz also revealed that he is working on the film with Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book for the stage musical. Though far from its completion, at least we know the production is in good hands.

 

The Cats production on the other hand seems to be well on its way. Not only is there a star-studded cast revealed with Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Sir Ian McKellen, and James Corden, but award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor was also hired to coach the cast into catlike movement! Andrew Lloyd Webber himself is also part of the production! With filming scheduled to start this November, it’s no wonder the air date was moved up!

 

 

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So yes, we have to wait a little longer for the Witch of the West to defy gravity on the big screen, but hopefully that means Hollywood is taking the right time and creative effort to work its own magic! Until then, we can look forward to the cats of the Jellicle Tribe pouncing into theaters instead on December 20th 2019.

 

 

 

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All-star cast

Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Sir Ian McKellen, and James Corden Set to Star in New ‘Cats’ Adaptation

It looks like the infamous Broadway musical Cats is currently being adapted to the big screen with the most all-star of all-star casts and we are just pulsing with excitement!!

 

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Jennifer Hudson, Sir Ian McKellan, James Corden, and Taylor Swift have officially been named as four of the luminaries leading this brand new cinematic opus. The film is also set to be directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) and written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) so it is already abundantly clear that this major motion picture will be something major, indeed. 

 

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The beloved kitten musical is based upon the T.S. Eliot collection of whimsical poems and prose all about the psychology of the feline mind, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and is the largest grossing and most translated musical (with over $340-million grossed and twenty languages translated to) in existence. It seems like a new adaptation was ultimately inevitable (and it’s a little surprising it hasn’t happened sooner)!

 

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The story itself takes place within the world of a group of cats known as the Jellicles as they prepare for the Jellicle Ball, where the Jellicle leader will choose one, lucky feline and grant them an extra life. It’s strange, campy, a little grotesque, and unlike anything else you will ever see!

 

The new adaptation will begin filming in the UK in November (and we cannot wait)!

 

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Dogs Reading

10 Photos of Dogs Reading Literature That Will Solve Any Problem

I’ve noticed that with a love of books naturally comes a love of cats. I appreciate cat people, you’re all great people and, as Sir Walter Scott would say, cats are a mysterious kind of folk. They’re always associated with literature, perhaps because they’re as puzzling as books can be sometimes. I love them, but I still don’t think canines get enough cred in the literary community.

 

Dogs are more in-your-face, but their intelligence and extent of love is immeasurable. Despite not having thumbs these fur babies are capable of so much more than we know. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s proof with pictures of dogs reading fine literature. Thank me later.

 

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2.  Well hello there.

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4. Stop it right now 

Dogs reading

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7. Whatever he is, I want one right now

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8. A good boy indeed

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10. Reading glasses have never looked cuter.

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You’re welcome.

 

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