Last week I told you about my exciting new venture, blogging about pet travel books and movies on A Traveler’s Library. I semi-jokingly said, “Can a pet travel book club be far behind?” Several of you expressed enthusiasm.
Here’s the plan. I will tell you — at least a month in advance — which book I will be reviewing on A Traveler’s Library and on what date.
On that date, I will post two reviews. The one on A Traveler’s Library will be more, well, literary. I’ll discuss the work primarily on its merits as a book or film, one that creates a strong sense of place, character, etc. Animals will be important, of course, but in context.
The other, on this blog, will be more pet-geek oriented, catering to my typical readers. I’ll talk about how the animals were depicted, the human-animal interactions handled. You know, stuff that we pet obsessed folks tend to notice but can’t discuss in other circles without being thought slightly insane.
Those who read the book can — and I hope will — comment on both blogs.
It gets better. As often as possible, I will choose books by living authors — or filmmakers, if I can find them — and invite them to participate in the conversation. If I can, I’ll record the interview and post the podcast on Animal Cafe. If that’s not feasible, I’ll send an email Q & A and post the answers here.
I’ll depend on you, dear book club members, to suggest questions you would like me to ask, whether literary, travel or pet oriented. Just try to keep it clean — though discussing poop is perfectly permissible.
The First Pet Travel Book Club Selection
There might be an earlier example of the genre but I don’t know of any pet travel book that has influenced more writers than Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. I’m reading it for the first time and am delighted by both its literary and pet geek appeal. Charley the poodle is quite a personality.
Date of Discussion: Thursday, November 10. I’ll remind you as the deadline approaches.
There’ll be no follow-up interviews this time — unless I can find an animal communicator to channel Charley — but I hope a lot of people will participate anyway.
One more thing
In case you’re wondering how my life has come to this — i.e., the split-screen division of interests — be sure to go A Traveler’s Library and read the Q & A I did with the site creator and my longtime friend, the talented Vera Marie Badertscher. She asked me great questions that really made me think. I hope that shows in my answers.