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Paul Koudounaris Presents: Patriotic Cats

Join photographer and author Paul Koudounaris for a lecture on the history of the American feline.

Celebrate the amazing history of American cats. From the colonization through frontier days, cats were a part of the American landscape, not just living through history but helping to create it. Learn about cats in the Wild West and cats on the old railroads! Hear the thrilling story of the world’s first flying cat, hooked up to a self-propelled balloon constructed by a maniac in rural Pennsylvania who was determined to chase all sparrows north to Canada! Hear the poignant tale of Clementine Jones, who walked from New York to Colorado to find her family! Learn about Pooli, America’s most decorated military cat! And Captain Midnight, an all-black cat from Dallas who became involved in a plot to stop Adolph Hitler! These and more, as we celebrate the greatness of the American cat!

Paul Koudounaris received his doctorate from the art history department at UCLA. His books include The Empire of Death, Heavenly Bodies, and Memento Mori. He is a member of The Order of the Good Death, and organization founded by mortician and author Caitlin Doughty.

Earlier Event: June 29
Better Half Book Club
Later Event: July 13
Genre Book Club