Writers and Their Cats

Alison Nastasi

Mark Twain, Alice Walker, Haruki Murakami, Ursula K. Le Guin—this volume celebrates 45 famous authors who have shared their homes and hearts with furry feline friends. The photographs and stories in Writers and Their Cats capture the special bond between wordsmith and mouser. From the six-toed kitties who still inhabit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Florida to the mewling muses of mystery writer Lilian Jackson Braun, cats are clearly, in the words of Gloria Steinem, “a writer’s most logical and agreeable companion.”

Creator Bio

Alison Nastasi is a journalist and the author of Artists and Their Cats, also from Chronicle Books. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


“Writers seem to be inordinately fond of cats – and cats, for that matter, of writers. Perhaps it’s their mutual attraction to a creature that seems just as solitary and meditative as they are. In a new book, Writers and Their Cats, the phenomenon is pictured in purr-fect detail. There’s Hemingway with his cat, Cristobal Colón, pawing away at the typewriter keys, or Mark Twain, holding just one of his 30 cats. The love affair crosses genre, style and era, too: Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Gloria Steinem, Edith Sitwell and Allen Ginsberg are just some of the nearly 50 writers pictured.” Daily Telegraph

“Purrfect pair! Touching bond between writers and their cats is celebrated in a new book – featuring Gloria Steinem, Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Chandler”, Daily Mail

“for cat-lovers, Writers and their Cats will appeal. Alison Nastasi’s book features Gloria Steinem, Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Doris Lessing, Margaret Mitchell and many more whose beloved cats bore witness to their creativity.” Gloss

“All feline fans know how special the bond is between us and our cats. Now a new book, Writers and Their Cats, shines a light on the precious relationship between famous authors and their whiskered friends. From Ernest Hemingway to Alice Walker, marvel at the adorable photos that capture what their pets meant to their talented owners.” Yours Magazine

Price £11.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 21 August 2018
Pages 112
Height 203mm
Width 152mm
Illustrations 45 images; 28 B&W, 17 colour
Rights Europe, Africa
ISBN-13 9781452164571