Award-winning Maine author BJ Bangs is hosting three local book signings in August for her new book, “Who Needs Men, I’ve Got Cats.” Submitted photo

Award-winning Maine author BJ Bangs is hosting three local book signings in August for her new book, “Who Needs Men, I’ve Got Cats.” The book is a recipient of a 2021 Certificate of Excellence Award from the International Cat Association.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, she will be at the First Choice Animal Care Appreciation Event, 5 Storm Drive, Windham ME from 11 am to 5 pm

On Thursday, Aug. 18, she will be at the Rangeley Public Library from 1 to 4 pm (this is the same day as the Blueberry Festival, so stop by the library after getting your fav blueberry dish).

On Friday, Aug. 19, she will be hosting a book signing in her home town at the Phillips Public Library from 10 am to 2 pm, as part of the Phillips Old Home Day celebration.

Those who sign up for her email list during these book signings will be entered into a drawing to win a free autographed copy of this 53-page beautifully illustrated paperback.

The book is humorous parody about dating. A well-educated, well-travelled gal finds her perfect match, a cat – not just any cat, but one who is handsome, bright, and is all too happy to walk on the beach, go for an afternoon picnic, and even serve her breakfast in bed. Even though he is different (after all he is a humanized cat), Autumn is mesmerized by Siam the minute she meets him. While being sick of the dating game, Autumn agrees to go to a friend’s engagement party where her friend Kate wants her to meet Siam, who she believes will be her perfect match. Autumn grudgingly accepts the invitation, and she is shocked to find he is the center of attention at the party, with others eagerly hanging on his every word. Once Kate introduces them, the night just flies by as they dance, laugh, and become entranced with one another’s goals, ambitions, and every-day lives. He is a Siamese philanthropist who helps other cats at a shelter; she is a news reporter/writer who meets all kinds of people in high and not so high places.

BJ Bangs is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional, and photographer. She writes about cat news and cat tourism at (Paws News for Cat Lovers). As the proud human guardian to many cats over the years, she is committed to letting people know how great cats are for us physically and emotionally. “Who Needs Men, I’ve Got Cats” is dedicated to one of those cats, a Traditional Siamese Cat, Linus, who she says was “the love of my life.”

Bangs has been published in national cat magazines, including CFA’s CatTalk, and the former Cat Fancy. Additionally, she has been published online at She is the recipient of the coveted International Cat Writer’s Association’s Muse Medallion and the 2017 Winn Feline Foundation’s Media Appreciation Award for her work with Feline Fix by Five.

Locally, the book is available at Books, Lines & Thinkers, 2513 Main Street, Rangeley, and at Devaney Doak & Garret Books, 193 Broadway, Farmington. It is also available in paperback and e-book format online. She also offers direct sales upon request.

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