The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

December 14, 2011

Dec. 14, 1951

Amy Hempel's literary form is typically the short story. This American writer, born on December 14, 1951, in the middle west (Chicago), has won major awards including a Guggenheim, and, in 2009, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction. Her The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel edition (2006) has 24 cat references in 407 pages. This from the lady who co-edited Unleashed–Poems by Writers’ Dogs (1995). Yes she earned her mention in this almanac, and I particularly appreciated this appercu: 

A good day. The mound in the road was not cat but tread.

Amy Hempel makes a living teaching fiction in academe, most recently Harvard.

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