David Emami loved his cats, Fred and Barbra Streisand. He also loved reading books about cats, particularly the children's book series known as The Kitten Kases, which focused on a group of kittens that solved various mysteries around their neighborhood. Though the intended demographic of the series was for 6 year old girls, David loved the series and never missed a copy when a new book came out.
To his delight, he found out that Paula Boothe, the author of the series, was coming to the Multnomah County Library in Portland for a book signing. David cancelled all of his work plans for the day, grabbed his newest copy of the series, The Kitten Kases: The Mystery of the Missing Tuna, and headed to the library.
David was the only 59 year old man in the room. He was appalled to see a long line of little girls, some wearing kitten ears, that extended the entire length of the library. “This will take all day!” said David despondently. Still, he was determined to wait, even if it took all day. This was a chance to meet a true literary giant, and he wasn’t going to miss the opportunity, for he was certain that it could possibly be the greatest moment of his life.
“Are you here for your granddaughter?” asked a woman with 3 chattering little girls each begging for her attention.
“No, I’m here for myself. Why do you care?” asked David angrily.
“Oh, wow. Nevermind then.” The woman rolled her eyes and turned around.
No one else spoke with David while he waited for nearly 3 hours. At last, it was his turn, and when he approached Paula Boothe, he felt as if he was approaching the Queen of England (she was from England, after all).
“It is an honor to meet you, ma’am,” said David rather bashfully.
“The honor’s all mine! Thank you for coming!” She looked around David. “Are you here with someone?”
“No, it’s just me. I’m a huge fan. I have all of your books and I read them to Fred and Barbra Streisand nightly.”
“Oh, that’s sweet,” she said. She signed David’s book and gave it back to him. “I hope they enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them!”
David Emami is Alone in Portland is a collection of stories that peer into the life of a middle-aged curmudgeon with a fondness for cats and antiques.
Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
He was obsessive compulsive and mad about antiques. The apartment was covered, top to bottom, in decor that would be more aligned with that of an old woman that peaked in the 1960s. david-emami-takes-on-portland.html
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