Davis and Kathleen Horner: Open House and Signing
Please join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, for an Open House with author Davis Horner and illustrator Kathleen Horner who will be signing their new book Tales of Astro Cat: A Feline History of Great Astronomers.
Behind every great scientist stands a great cat. This may not be well known, but as the tales of Astro Cat unfold it will be shown to be so. From the patriarch, U Phat Khat of the medieval Kingdom of Siam, through to the present day, this remarkable line of lynx point Siamese cats continually become entwined in the lives and careers of many of the great natural philosophers and scientists, both men and women, of the past 700 years, including Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Halley, up to the legendary figures of the twentieth century. Notable felines like Unity the Gravity Cat, Simon the Comet Cat, Alabaster Pericles – famed for A Trip to the Moon – and Perseus, also known as Schrodinger’s Cat, leap from these pages and take the reader on their amazing and sometimes strange adventures.
These cats, though not lacking in intelligence or curiosity, could not have made the contributions they did without the help of a certain conical shaped hat. Called the Purple Cone by some, its origins date back to antiquity – to Alexandria during the time of the astronomer Hypatia. This hat is handed down through generations of cats and endows its wearer with some unexpected virtues and powers.
Davis Horner (author) has been a freelance writer for many years as well as a staff features writer for The Edge, Creative Loafing, The Point, the Travelers Rest Monitor, and other publications. He has published poetry and short stories in regional and national literary journals.
Kathleen Horner (illustrator) is a professional artist and photographer. She is also an avid amateur astronomer and highly active in her local astronomy club and, for years, has contributed to her Astro Crafts blog with Astronomers Without Borders, home of the world’s largest community-based astronomy programs.