Introducing Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions PLUS ENTER TO WIN ONE OF 25 COPIES AND A $250 GIFT CARD!

Wed, Oct 13, 2010

Books, Giveaways

Just in time for the holidays comes Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions, a sure-fire hit for cat lovers.

Unless you’ve spent the past two years stranded on a desert island, you’ve no doubt heard of Dewey Readmore Books, the ginger-colored library cat whose charm and charisma drew visitors from around the world to the small town of Spencer, Iowa. When Dewey died at the age of 19, his obituary was carried in 275 newspapers around the world. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, released in the fall of 2008, quickly became a #1 New York Times’ bestseller (read the Moderncat book review here).

Author Vicki Myron (working, once again, with co-author Bret Witter) is quick to point out that Dewey’s Nine Lives is not a sequel, but a collection of “nine stories of extraordinary cats and the people who loved them.” Three are Dewey stories Myron wasn’t aware of when she was working on the first book; the other six are stories that originated in letters she received in response to Dewey.

Indeed, it was this unexpected outpouring of support (more than 3,000 letters, e-mails, and packages in the first year of the book’s publication alone!) that prompted Myron to write Dewey’s Nine Lives:

In a way, I think, the book made it acceptable to tell a stranger, even if that stranger was only me: “I love my cats. They are important. They are my friends. They’ve changed my life. When they die, I miss them terribly.”

One of Dewey’s greatest strengths—and perhaps a key reason for its astonishing success—was its straight-shooting, hometown sensibility. Myron’s latest effort is no different in this regard:

I can’t tell you that you will like every action taken by the people in this book. You will not… No story has been changed for this book. Nothing has been glossed over. This is not The Cat Whisperer or a guide to kitten care. This is a collection of stories about the way real cats and real people live.

If her first book is any indication, there’s an eager audience for such tales. No doubt Dewey’s Nine Lives will make its way into the hands (and hearts) of readers hungry for more this holiday season.

Watch the video trailer for Dewey’s Nine Lives (if you can’t see the video below in your email, click here to watch it on the site):


25 lucky winners are each going to receive a copy of Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions plus one grand prize winner will also get a $250 gift card to a major national pet retailer for a shopping spree!

This giveaway is being sponsored by Dutton, the book’s publisher. To enter, please click here and complete the online form. The deadline to enter is November 12, 2010. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email. One entry per person. This giveaway is limited to addresses in the US.

>> Enter now for your chance to win!

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32 Responses to “Introducing Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions PLUS ENTER TO WIN ONE OF 25 COPIES AND A $250 GIFT CARD!”

  1. 1

    I always look at the new book section at the library; there are always tons of dog memoirs and such but rarely anybody writing about their cats. So I am excited to see another book about Dewey. Also don’t forget Homer’s Odyssey.

  2. 2

    I really enjoyed the first book and look forward to reading this one too. Thanks for sharing the link; what a great giveaway!

  3. 3

    I read this book when it came out and it is so sweet! Very inspiring and well written.

  4. 4

    I loved the first book. I’ve read it more than once, and I cry every single time I get to the ending (it doesn’t help that one of my cats looks almost exactly like a shorthair version of Dewey). This one is on my Christmas’ wishlist, so I’ll probably end up owning it one way or the other.

  5. 5

    I worked at a library for 17 years and always wanted them to have a library cat. My husband now works at the library and I’m going to tell him to order the book. Many of the employees were cat lovers.

  6. 6

    I know my mother had the first book and I would love to win oen so I could give her this second book.

  7. 7

    Dewey looks so sweet.

  8. 8

    i’m a total sap. i watched that minute long clip up there and started welling up already. i know this book is gonna make me cry but i can’t help but want to read it. i ADORE my cat and i can only imagine there are many MANY others out there who feel just the same. would love to read their stories and share in the kitty-love!

  9. 9

    I’m a librarian who loves cats! Thanks for the giveaway link!

  10. 10

    I love Dewey! My 4 cats are all rescues too.

  11. 11

    I LOVED the first book, and will definitely be reading this one. :)

  12. 12

    I just read some excerpts from this wonderful book and I can’t wait to buy it and read myself. I hope to be able to win so I can give as Christmas gifts

  13. 13
    Simone Lippmann

    When I red the first book, it made me laugh – it made me cry ….. and
    though dewey was no longer alive at that time, he touched my heart …..

  14. 14

    i’ve worked in a public library since i was 19, and my life is chock full of cats, including our own personal cats, foster cats, and feral cats. i should be ashamed of myself for never having read the first “Dewey” book, but i haven’t. :(

    we’re not exactly “small-town”…our library system is one of the biggest and best in the country. awesome as it would be, i don’t think that a “library cat” would work too well in our libraries, but that isn’t to say that cats and pets in general aren’t a big part of our lives. most of us are big animal lovers, and sadly, it isn’t uncommon for people to dump animals…mostly kittens, though there was this one incident a few years ago involving puppies and another involving ducks…at libraries. when i worked at a different branch where it was more common for kittens to be dumped, i actually kept a little “emergency kitten kit” including a bottle and formula mix in my desk. and many of us have either taken in or fostered these poor sweet creatures. in fact, one of my current fosters was dumped at a library back in August, and while we honestly weren’t thinking of this book when we came up with the name, we named him Dewey. i mean seriously, what else were we going to call him?! ok, if the kitten had been a girl we could have called her “Nancy” or “Pearl” (i can hear the other librarians groaning from here), but since the kitten was male, we defaulted to Dewey. :)

  15. 15

    Last year, my husband got me the 1st book–I cried my eyes out–then I passed it on for my husband to read. We now have an orange tabby, that looks just like Dewey–such an adorable face! He was adopted from one of the local shelters–but he’s a polydactyl–and quite the cat! Looking forward to getting this new book!

  16. 16
    Woodgie's Gramma

    I read the book and just sobbed at the end. I work in a public library (not one with a cat) and I hope I win this book for my library. Times are getting tough…

  17. 17

    Our fur mummy would love to read this to us!

  18. 18
    Michelle rue

    What a cool cat! I had never heard about this before and now I’m anxious to get a copy. I have rescued 2 domestic cats. Mr. B passed away at age 18. And Miss Tiggy is about 8 years old now and has two little Bengal Kitty buddies that we got as kittens or should I say she got as kittens. LOL She thinks they are hers and they love her just as much.

  19. 19

    As a freelance writer and avid reader who’s been loved by cats since birth, this is definitely my kind of contest, and Dewey and the other cats in this book are definitely my kind of cats!

  20. 20
    J Rose

    When I started working in a used book store, I was amazed at the dog:cat book ratio. Until I realized…how many cats will allow their people to tell all of their deep, dark secrets? Not mine, that’s for sure.

  21. 21

    Dewey looks so adorable and this book sounds great! What could be better than cats and literacy, two of the best things in the world :)

  22. 22

    I would love to be able to get this book! I’d share it with two of my neighbors, also real cat people. I’m sure they’d love it too!

  23. 23
    Jean McCarthy

    It is unfortunate that those of us in Canada who follow your site cannot win one of these books. I guess I shall have to check at a library to see if perhaps it might be available to Canadians. If not, why not?

  24. 24

    i need this book!

  25. 25
    peggy w

    I would love to read the book.

  26. 26

    Thanks for passing on the info! I’ve heard of Dewey, too, and would love to read the book.

  27. 27

    I got the first Dewey book as a Christmas present from my sister and it is on my favorites list. Homer’s Odyssey is also an all time favorite! I’m very pleased that Vicki Myron has been blessed with success and has been able to share her and Dewey’s life with the world. Her book has certainly touched my life and I’m looking forward to reading her new book!

  28. 28
    susan yazel

    I am sorry to say that I have not read the first book yet, but now I will have to go out and buy it because it sounds like a really good book. Hopefully I can win the second book!

  29. 29

    I agree there are so many dog stories out there…that it is nice to see such a beautiful story written about a cat!

  30. 30
    Kimberly Felipe

    Hi — I thought I had already left a comment here on this contest, because I would LOVE to read about Dewey and his ilk! Thank you. I will go look for his first book at my library too. :) Books and cats are the two best things on this planet!!

  31. 31

    I read the first book when it first came out, very touching! I loved it :)

  32. 32
    Karen Curtis

    Big fan of Dewey! Met the author Vicki last year in Portland Maine at a literacy fundraiser.

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