If cat art, cat videos or “What kind of a cat person are you” quizzes seem just a little bit hokey, what about feline-themed poetry? Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell has authored more than 30 books, including fiction and nonfiction. But for his latest collection, he’s taken a page from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (which inspired the Broadway musical Cats). Familiars: Poems delves into the personalities of felines, as well as the whiskered friends of literary heroes. Chappell reads and signs books at Malaprop’s on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. (the event is followed by a wine and cheese reception). malaprops.com. He’ll also be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. blueridgebooks.com. Author photo by Chris English
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