Celebrity Interview: Glenn Plaskin, Author of Katie, Up and Down the Hall

On a clear, warm, summer Saturday, we ventured into Manhattan to spend some time with Glenn Plaskin, the author of a new book, Katie Up and Down the Hall.  Knowing that Plaskin has a history of writing articles and a book about celebrities did not prepare us for his beautifully appointed apartment, incidentally dotted with a plethora of autographed photos of celebrity icons. An autographed photo of Glenn with Nancy Reagan, another autographed headshot of Katherine Hepburn and a fabulous autographed headshot of Diana Ross were intimidating to say the least.   In the center of a table full of memories of a formidable career was perhaps his most important photo, a picture of Katie, his late cocker spaniel in her colorful birthday dress and hat.


Plaskin has an impressive resume that includes authoring books, Horowitz: The Biography of Vladimir Horowitz and Turning Point: Pivotal Moments in the Lives of America’s Celebrities, based on the syndicated column he wrote for the New York Daily News and Tribune Media Services.  He has written hundreds of articles that have appeared in Family Circle, Playboy, Us, W, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Ladies’ Home Journal and in hundreds of U.S. and foreign newspapers; including the New York Times and the New York Daily News.  In addition to the legendary figures mentioned above, he has interviewed Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Calvin Klein, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Peter Jennings, Anthony Robbins, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Christopher Reeve, Carol Burnett, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford, Robert DeNiro, Bette Midler, Cher and Oprah Winfrey.  He has appeared on numerous television shows including Oprah, Larry King and the Today Show to name a few.

Plaskin’s new book is a poignant memoir focusing on 16 years of his life with his beloved dog, Katie.

In Plaskin’s words:

“Some of the best things that happen in life are purely accidental. An intuition or spontaneous decision can take you almost anywhere, including to a profoundly close friendship that develops when you least expect it. That’s what happened to me. One day, with a brand-new puppy in my arms, I impulsively knocked on my next-door-neighbor’s door, anxious for advice about how to train her. Whether it was serendipity, luck, chemistry, or sheer proximity, that brief encounter, and the events that followed it, would change my life (and my dog’s forever.)”

This book is not just another dog story. In fact, it’s far from it.  You see, Katie is a talented and precocious cocker spaniel.  She uses the TV clicker, models, eats off of a fork and certainly steals the hearts of neighbors while becoming the nucleolus of her newly created urban family.

Here is what a few “folks” had to say about the book:

“Katie is an absolutely delightful story, so much more than a memoir. It is a wise and moving story of love found-and shared on life’s journey-and then the inevitable separation. Reading it you will smile even as your eyes sparkle with tears.”

Mary Higgins Clark

“It is not surprising that Glenn Plaskin’s innate talents-his insight and human touch-are wonderfully brought to the forefront in his new book KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL. It’s a significant story well worth reading-Glenn has done a terrific job.”

-Donald J. Trump

“[Glenn’s] story proves that the true and small pleasures in life-friendship, loyalty and trust-are the ones that matter most.”

-Calvin Klein

“KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL is an absolute delight, a lovely book, and, of course, I fell in love with that beautiful little blond girl. She is a keeper.”

Betty White

“Katie is a dream come true to the various families living on her floor in a New York apartment. Her heart is so big that she adopts them all, making you wish you were one of them.”

Mary Tyler Moore

We couldn’t agree more.  This book is one of the best books for pet lovers we have read in a long time.  Make life easy for yourself this holiday season and buy this book for all of the pet lovers on your list and don’t forget one for yourself.  We loved it! Woofy Woo and 4 paws up!


Special Invitation!

Katie Up and Down the Hall

You’re invited to attend a Katie Up and Down the Hall book signing by author Glenn Plaskin hosted by Liz Smith.

Book Signing

Glenn Plaskin

Glenn Plaskin

Meet author Glenn Plaskin at Barnes & Noble NYC for a special event featuring Katie Up and Down the Hall
(Open to the Public).

Where: Barnes & Noble, Tribeca, NY

When: September 16th, 2010 7pm

Liz Smith

Liz Smith

Celebrity Host: Legendary Columnist, Liz Smith

*Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of all merchandise purchased from 9/16 to 9/19 to Literacy Partners, a not-for-profit providing free adult and family reading programs, Liz Smith being its Honorary Chairman.

Event includes:

-A Conversation with Liz and Glenn

-A Screening of the Katie Book Trailer

-A Reading From The book


-Get Your Book Autographed


And not least important, meet Glenn’s new puppy, Lucy.

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