Pete the Cat Day

4th Annual Pete the Cat Day

Saturday, August 6, 2022
Attention ALL Kids! Want to meet Pete the Cat? Of course, you do and now’s your chance! Saturday, August 6 join Fort Payne Main Street and The City of Fort Payne as we celebrate Pete the Cat.

James Dean, the author of Pete the Cat and Fort Payne native, will sign books and artwork at the historic DeKalb Theatre from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. (Limit one item per person to be signed.)

Have a ball y’all with Pete the Cat!

Here’s the Back Story:

Did you know that the creator, author, and illustrator of Pete the Cat is from right here in Fort Payne, Alabama? That’s right. James Dean graduated from Fort Payne High School and went on to become an electrical engineer. James Dean’s art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for ten years and has turned his natural love for cats into his life’s work.

James published his first adult book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, in 2006. He illustrated his first self-published children’s book, Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes, written by Eric Litwin, in 2008, and the follow-up book, Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes, in 2011. James lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife, Kimberly.

In 2004, Kimberly & James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children’s book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of this new Pete the Cat book, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer, Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.

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