The New York Times bestselling author and longtime Tryon resident Lillian Jackson Braun, designated “the new detective of the year” by the Times for her 1966 book The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, the first in a series that would grow to include 29 mysteries, passed away Saturday, June 4, at the age of 97. Braun’s lighthearted novels were unique in featuring two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum-Yum, who dependably solved crimes for their bumbling owner, newspaper reporter James Qwilleran. Braun’s “feline whodunits,” which were tapped out on a manual typewriter and included The Cat Who Played Post Office, The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts and The Cat Who Robbed a Bank, sold millions of copies and were translated into 16 languages.
Braun is highlighted in the Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains guidebook written by Georgann Eubanks on behalf of the N.C. Arts Council and published in partnership with UNC Press. www.ncliterarytrails.org