Peter Gethers is the author of Ask Bob, and The Cat Who Went to Paris, the first book in a bestselling trilogy about his extraordinary cat, Norton. When not writing memoirs and novels, he is a screenwriter, playwright, book publisher, and film and television producer. He is also the co-creator and co-producer of the hit off-Broadway play Old Jews Telling Jokes, and one of the co-creators of Rotisserie League Baseball, which begat the fantasy-sports craze.
The Norton Trilogy
So…just saw a real, finished copy of Ask Bob. Haven’t been this excited since I saw that my Rotisserie League baseball was in 3rd place (okay, that was only last week). Have been on the road so much lately, I’ve really been thinking about something I wrote about in the novel - and would be very interested to get some feedback on this. I made up something called “pet weight.” It’s that wonderful feeling when you realize your dog or cat trusts you enough to basically use you as a piece of furniture. For me, in real life, it’s Harper and Mitch - Harper sleeps on my legs, Mitch clambers up to sleep on my chest. They feel it’s their right. I can feel them breathing softly and can touch them gently - and it’s remarkably comforting. In the novel, “pet weight” is used as a metaphor for love - and the search for human love and connections. On the road, I miss that feeling of “pet weight” more than anything. It’s an awesome combo of trust, comfort, love and an affirmation of life. Does anyone feel the same way?
This has nothing to do with cats or dogs…but just got some news worth sharing: Random House Studio’s first TV has been picked up and given an airdate. It’s a cooking show and the star - and she WILL be a star! - is Amy Thielen, whose first cookbook is being published by Clarkson Potter in October. The tentative title for the TV series is Heartland - and the first episode is set to air at 10:30 a.m. on The Cooking Channel. I’m Executive Producer. Don’t forget to set your dvr!
And now Mitchum…
Okay, guys, I’ve got a lot of stuff going on…Old Jews Telling Jokes has celebrated its first anniversary off-Broadway and in the fall we’re opening up new productions in Chicago and London (assuming all goes according to schedule)…and RH Studio starts shooting its first TV series on June 17th (to air in September - more on that in the weeks and minths to come)…and on June 13th we start our creative conversations on the Steve Sondheim/Wynton Marsalis show I instigated and co-created for City Center (7 shows in mid-November) - but more on that, too, as we move along.
And last but hardly least, I gave a new book coming out on August 6th. It’s a novel called ASK BOB and it’s about love - between animals and people and the complex relationships that are the differences between human to human love and human to pet love. My publishing team has insisted I post photos of my insanely wonderful and attractive cats - Harper and Mitchum - to lure you into reading the book. So here they are. First is Harper…