Monday, June 06, 2011

Lilian Jackson Braun, Author of The Cat Who Mysteries, Dies

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

Lilian Jackson Braun, the author of the bestselling "The Cat Who ..." mystery series, has died. She was 97.

Her first book in the series, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, was published in 1966, and introduced Jim Quilleran, a journalist living in an unnamed Midwestern city, who solves crimes with his Siamese cats Koko and Yum-Yum. A total of 29 books in the series were published; she was working on the 30th, when she died.

Following the publication of her first mystery, Braun wrote two more, then a span of some 20 years passed before the fourth in the series was published. She worked for the Detroit Press in the interim.

Braun and her husband Earl moved to North Carolina following her retirement. She served as the honorary writer in residence for a local library as well as honorary chairperson of a library card sign-up campaign, where she created the tag line, "A library card is the beginning of a lifelong adventure."


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