Woman Gets a $1.25 Million Cat Book Deal

An Iowa librarian will write about the life of Dewey the cat.

Posted: April 06, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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(Photo courtesy of Spencer Public Library)
Dewey the cat sitting in a chair at the Spencer, Iowa, public library. (Photo courtesy of Spencer Public Library)
A librarian in Iowa has snagged a $1.25 million deal to write a book about Dewey the cat, who served as her library’s mascot for 18 years before dying in November of 2006.

Dewey, whose full name was Dewey Readmore Books, was found in the drop box of the Spencer, Iowa, library in January 1988 by Librarian Vicki Myron. He was adopted as the library’s mascot.

Dewey, named after the Dewey Decimal System that is used in libraries to catalog books, attained fame after word spread about him as a mascot. News and television crews came from as far away as Japan to do stories on Dewey during his lifetime, Myron said.

Now Myron has signed a deal with Grand Central Publishing, formerly known as Warner Books, to write the story of Dewey’s life and how he impacted the lives of others.

Myron said she has not chosen a title for the book yet, but that most likely it will have Dewey’s name in it.

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JR    DOWNEY, CA

2/26/2009 8:13:17 PM

I THINK IT'S GREAT FOR HER AND IOWA, BUT DON'T DO IT JUST FOR THE MONEY NOW GIVE BACK TO DEWEY,WHAT HE'S GAVE TO SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. LOVE START A FOUNDATION IN HIS NAME THE DEWEY DECIMAL FOUNDATION FOR CAT'S. AND BUILD A NEW LIBRARY IN HIS NAME THE DEWEY DECIMAL LIBRARY OF SPENCER IOWA, THANK'S DEWEY FOR ALL THE LOVE YOU HAVE GIVEN TO SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.WHEN MY TIME COME'S TO LEAVE THIS WORLD I PRAY I GET TO MEET AND PET YOU ON YOUR HEAD LIKE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAVE. I HAVE A TABBY, LOOK'S JUST LIKE YOU HIS NAME IS MORRIS HE HAS A SISTER MISSY I CALL THEM M&M

Jamie    Portland, OR

1/5/2009 12:09:45 PM

I think that $1.25 million is good for a book about a cat!

Jack    SeaTac, WA

1/4/2009 9:31:59 PM

So nice to see a book about the ideal human - animal interaction! They teach us so much about living!

Michelle    Henry, TN

12/10/2008 9:39:49 AM

My boss got me this book for Christmas! I am so excited to read it!!!!

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