Way back when, we published a hard-hitting story from Brad Thomas Parsons on the secret lives of distillery cats, a breed of working-class feline that possesses, as Parsons writes, “the heart (and claws) of a cold-blooded hunter with a mix of bodega cat street smarts and the rafters-climbing sense of adventure of his country cousin, the barn cat, with the affable people-person skills of the bookstore cat.”
Now, one NPR radio spot, growing Instagram account (@distillerycats) and enterprising book editor later, Distillery Cats is slated to be released by Ten Speed Press on September 19, 2017 (it’s currently available for pre-order). In Distillery Cats, Parsons, the James Beard Award-winning author of Bitters and Amaro, profiles more than 30 of the world’s most famous distillery cats, alongside “interviews,” illustrations, trading card-style stat sheets with figures like “mice killed” and 15 cocktail recipes to enjoy alongside this essential cat lover’s tome. Herewith, a first look at the book’s cover—and more cats. Always more cats.