Get your order in for the Dewey bio, ""Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World"...out next week.
The Spencer IA orange long-haired tabby became a national media celebrity and, when he died at age 19, earned the mark of that distinction - an obituary in the New York Times.
Librarian and author Vicki Myron, 60, who had never written a book, soon landed an astounding $1.25 million advance from major New York publisher Grand Central to tell the cat's story. "CBS Sunday Morning" recently filmed a spot for a feature segment on Myron, who is retired from her job as library director and off and running on an extensive book tour. .
"It's one of our lead titles for the fall," said Melissa Bullock, publicist at Grand Central, formerly Warner Books. "We're expecting it to be on the best-seller list."