Death of a Bookstore Cat

A beloved “lap napper” passes away . . .

By Nancy Jelinek

In a story similar to Dewey's, the owners of A Novel Idea bookstore had Silas, a large black and white cat they rescued from an alley behind the store several years ago.

Silas could be found snoozing in the front window before the store opened for the day and lap napping while customers browsed through books. Alas, Silas passed away last month, after nearly 14 years at the store. The owners have been astonished at the outpouring of flowers and cards from as far away as Japan and Korea.

They want to rescue another cat and are collecting funds for two local animal shelters. A large jar for each shelter is sitting next to the cash register. Patrons have until April 15 to determine from which shelter the next bookstore kitty will come. All funds will go to the shelters.

If you’d like to learn more about Silas and A Novel Idea bookstore, please read these articles from the Lincoln Journal Star:

Bookstore cat wrote his own stories

Fundraising for a new bookstore cat

By Nancy Jelinek
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