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‘Cat’astrophe on Capitol Hill: Former congressional reporter Kitty Felde welcomes readers to Washington, DC




The dome of the U.S. Capitol provides a backdrop for blooming tulips April 25, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The dome of the U.S. Capitol provides a backdrop for blooming tulips April 25, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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A ghostly cat, a dog named Senator Something and 10-year old Fina Mendoza dive into the inner workings of Congress in Kitty Felde’s debut novel, “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza.”

Inspired by half a dozen years of covering Congress, Felde decided to write a middle school mystery that offers insight to the behind-the-scenes happenings on Capitol Hill. The novel follows Fina Mendoza, who just moved to Washington, D.C., as she navigates the world of congressmembers and politicos. As the daughter of a congressman from California, Mendoza spends much of her time in the congressional offices of Capitol Hill. But upon encountering an eerie cat, bad luck ensues and consumes Mendoza’s life. With years of experience and insight from covering D.C.,  Felde brings readers into the world of party politics as Mendoza attempts to solve the curse of the Demon Cat.

Felde joins Larry to discuss her new book and the state of partisanship at the nation’s capital.

Kitty Felde will talk about her new book, “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza” today [Monday, April 1] at 6pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. For more info on the event, click here.  

Guest:

Kitty Felde, author of “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza” (Black Rose Writing, 2019) and host of the podcast “Book Club for Kids”; she was a former DC-based reporter for KPCC



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