The Pop Culture Information Society...

These are the messages that have been posted on inthe00s over the past few years.

Check out the messageboard archive index for a complete list of topic areas.

This archive is periodically refreshed with the latest messages from the current messageboard.

Check for new replies or respond here...

Subject: The Cat Who author Lilian Jackson Braun dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/11 at 1:14 am

Lilian Jackson Braun - the author of 29 The Cat Who... books about a crime-solving journalist and cat owner called Jim Qwilleran - has died aged 97.

After her first book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, was published in 1966, the New York Times called her "the new detective writer of the year".

But after publishing two more Cat Who... books she took an 18-year hiatus before resuming the series in 1986.

She died on Saturday in a hospice in Landrum, South Carolina.

Her husband, Earl Bettinger, told the AP news agency she had parted company with her first publisher in the 1960s because she had refused to add sex and violence to her fourth book.

Mr Bettinger said that when he read the rejected book years later, after his wife had retired from her job as a feature writer for the Detroit Free Press, he demanded she sent it back to publishers.

Penguin Books imprint Berkley Publishing Group accepted the book and also reprinted her first three mysteries.

"A woman from Germany called and said she was coming to America and said she would like to meet Jim Qwilleran," said Mr Bettinger.

"That's how real her characters were."

Braun, who also published two short story collections, retired in 2007 after the publication of The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers.

Her longtime editor, Natalee Rosenstein, said Braun - whose books were translated into 16 languages - had "ultimately created a whole new chapter in the American mystery".

Subject: Re: The Cat Who author Lilian Jackson Braun dies

Written By: Dagwood on 06/09/11 at 7:12 am

This makes me sad.  I love the Cat Who books.  I am glad she stuck to her guns on the sex and violence.  I had no idea she was 97 though.  This calls for a trip to the library to read them all again.

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Braun.  You were a wonderful author and will be missed.

Subject: Re: The Cat Who author Lilian Jackson Braun dies

Written By: karen on 06/09/11 at 4:10 pm

I read The Cat Who Could Read Backwards and one or two others (I just checked the wikipedia site and didn't recognise any of the titles though)  Nice gentle detective stories.

Subject: Re: The Cat Who author Lilian Jackson Braun dies

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 06/09/11 at 7:35 pm

She was a favorite at our library.

The first time I read this thread title, I thought that the cat died.

Check for new replies or respond here...