Hi everyone,

Today we would like to introduce you to the book THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER AND TAYLOR: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints On a Small Town…And the World

Courtesy Baker & Taylor, LLC
Photo Credit: Courtesy Baker & Taylor, LLC

When Jan Louch landed her dream job as a librarian at a library in a tiny town well south of Reno, Nevada, she had no way of knowing that the job — particularly the two Scottish Fold cats she “hired” to head up the Rodent Control Department in the early 1980s — would change her life while also raising the spirits of millions of people around the world.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy Jan Louch
She named the cats Baker and Taylor (after the library wholesaler who she dealt with on a daily basis), and after a few executives at Baker & Taylor offered to use them as company mascots and distributed posters featuring the cats, their fame quickly spread worldwide. Before long, fans were showing up at the library to meet the cats, people from all over the world wrote to request their “pawtograph” — Jan obliged them with a pawprint-shaped rubber stamp and a green inkpad — and a class of second graders in Ohio launched a fan club, all before the Internet had taken hold.
Away from the spotlight, few people knew how the cats were helping Jan to recover from a devastating divorce while also easing a rapidly growing town through the inevitable stresses and strains. And today, years after their deaths, the two cats with funny ears has helped Jan to achieve one of her lifelong goals: her first published book at the age of 84.
THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER AND TAYLOR: THE LIBRARY CATS WHO LEFT THEIR PAWPRINTS ON A SMALL TOWN…AND THE WORLD is published by St. Martins Press/Thomas Dunne Books. Lisa Rogak served as Jan’s co-author on the book; She is the author of numerous books about animals as well as a New York Times bestselling author of a couple of non-animal books.

The book can be purchased here.

So to be in it for a chance to win 1 copy of this book click here and complete any of the options below to gain chances!

Chances can be gained by the following methods:
1. For Tweeting about the event through the Giveaway Tool – 4 Entries
2. Sign up for our new newsletter via mail chimp – 5 Entries
3. Follow us or the author on her handles on Twitter – 2 Entries
4. Follow us on Pinterest – 2 Entries
5. Follow us on Bloglovin – 2 Entries
6. Make a comment stating you would like to enter and your email address on this post (for those that don’t use social media) – 4 Entries

Now for those of you in the US that would like to enter don’t forget to click here. Giveaway ends on the 28th of June.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy Jan Louch
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56 thoughts on “Giveaway: THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER AND TAYLOR

  1. tkmorin says:

    Looks like a great book! Oh and by the way, I really enjoy reading your posts that I receive in my inbox every day – always entertaining.Question for you: I cliked on the link for the giveaway, and on it is says, “Open to residents of the U.S. none”. My question is is it offered to Canadians? The “none” at the end of the sentence confused me. 🙂
    Thanks again for the great posts,Teri

    Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 18:00:47 +0000

  2. thefensk says:

    After working in publishing for 20+ years, I have to tell you that not just librarians will “get” those names. Baker & Taylor wholesales to libraries but they buy directly from publishers. The title really caught my eye. Looks like a great book … I’ll wait out the giveaway but will put it on my “to read” list so I don’t forget about it.

  3. colonialist says:

    Pity I’m not in USA! Love the shortened story and would like the longer one!
    I note the ear design of a Scottish Fold is idea for hunting between shelves!

    • Marc-André says:

      Hey Rachel. We try to get most people to do worldwide ones but not every company can do that because of various reason.

      There will be a UK and a worldwide one coming soon 🙂

  4. Boomdeeadda says:

    Hooray for Baker and Taylor ! Happy to know they were so well loved. I met two kitty’s today on a street in Paris. Just in front of the Opera. Their human played an interesting music box. They were actually napping but I said hello and scratched their ears. I hope it made them as happy as it did me xo B

    • Marc-André says:

      This one is finished apologies. We do have another one running for a cat photography book? 🙂 just click on giveaway in the header menu for the latest one.

  5. Tracey Fairbrother says:

    Hi Mark, I have just subscribed to the Newsletter and an having a blast reading it! I’m not sure if I’m doi ñb g this right, though. I’d like to register my interest in winning a copy of this awsome book, please. I don’t do twitter or pinterest and you don’t mention sharing on Facebook. So I live in hope….. hehehe.

    • Marc-André says:

      Hi Tracey,

      The giveaway for the book actually finished in June! 🙁

      We do have a number of other giveaways though and these are highlighted every Tuesday in our Newsletter. 😀

      Which country are you based in as we’ve got two other giveaways running at the moment?

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