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Dori, bookstore cat from Florida
Dori, the Bookstore Cat
Joan Elizabeth Pruha is a writer in Florida, who wrote to us in 2008. She had recently published a book of poetry in praise of calico cats ('tortoiseshell', or 'tortie-and-white', in the UK). When she went to a book signing to launch her book, she was delighted to find a calico cat sprawled on top of the computer monitor which seemed to be a good omen and certainly a serendipitous thing to occur! Although she says some customers ignored the cat, and a few thought it was stuffed, she knew better and when she started to stroke it, it stretched out its legs and began kneading the air. Here, with our thanks and acknowledgement, is Joan's account of the calico cat:
"All Booked Up" is a bookstore in The Villages (a retirement complex in Florida). The store has a friendly, knowledgeable staff and a large selection of new and used books, including many by local authors.
Update 2010: the All Booked Up website we previously linked to, to find out more about Dori or to contact Jodi, now carries a note redirecting to the bookshop's page at alibris . . . where there is a small image of Dori, so she's clearly still on duty!
Joan's book of poems and pictures, entitled Calico Cats, was first published in 2007
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