If you've been in a bookstore lately, you've likely noticed how many covers these days seem to sport soulful eyes, floppy ears, and wet noses. We are in the midst of a publishing boom of books about dogs.
This Tuesday evening, readers can learn about three of them: Benoit Denizet-Lewis ("Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country"), Nicole Galland ("Stepdog"), and Cat Warren ("What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs") will read together at 7 p.m. at the Jamaica Pond Sugar Bowl.
Oh, and dogs are welcome to attend with their owners.
"We thought it would be a great idea to have a genre-diverse panel on dogs in all of their many forms — from cadaver sniffing, to road trip buddy, to homewrecker," said Katie Eelman, media and events coordinator at Papercuts J.P., the bookstore hosting the event.
Warren's book chronicles her life with Solo, a German shepherd who became a cadaver dog, sniffing his way to help find those missing and presumed dead. "I got hooked on the work. I loved the science behind it," Warren said. Writing about Solo and other working dogs, she added, was a way to honor their labor and also to debunk myths about the science of dogs.
"I do it because I love working with dogs. I loved working with this dog. And I loved that ability to do something together that just immersed us in this world," Warren said. "This dog really changed my life and took me places. And I'm really grateful to him for that. He got me out in the woods."
"We hope readers bring their pups and a chair or blanket for outside seating," Eelman said, adding, "As for dogfights — we hope it stays cordial and that those with aggressive dogs maybe keep some distance!"
The local Polka Dog Bakery has donated treats for the canine members of the audience. The Sugar Bowl is at Jamaica Pond, near the intersection of the Jamaicaway and Perkins Street.
Kate Tuttle, a writer and editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.