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Buckeye author featured in bathroom book


by Sara Clawson staff writer


There’s a good chance you’ll be reading Beth Cato’s latest writing piece while sitting on your toilet. The Buckeye author’s short story “Brains for


Breakfast” was included in the recently published “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, Flush Fiction” edition. “Authors always want to hook the reader, make them read their story to the end. Now I can take pride in that I have a captive audience — on the toilet,” said Cato, 32. She submitted her writing to the agency, which has printed editions of the mostly humorous Bathroom Reader for more than 25 years. The company specializes in publishing short, easy-to-


read facts, articles and other non-fiction tidbits. “Our books are all about offering short and punchy ideas that stick with you long after you’ve put it down,” said Gordon Javna, editor-in-chief and publisher of Portable Press.


world of fiction. With contributions from 88 different authors, “Flush Fiction” is a collection of short stories, also known as flash fiction, that can be read in one sitting. “It’s amazing to me how all of these stories offer wit, thoughtfulness and plot twists just like you would find in a longer novel, but in less than 1,000 words. Perfect when you just need to take a short break,” Javna said. “Brains for Breakfast” was first published in 2008, when it received an honorable mention award from Ligonier Valley Writers, Cato said. The story is about a zombie working the night shift at


Walmart who doesn’t yet know he’s a zombie, she said. “Back when I was first married and finishing my


college degree, I worked night shift at Walmart,” Cato said. “I worked with some people who could have been zombies.” Having her piece featured in a book that is traditionally


“Flush Fiction” is the publisher’s first entry into the


View photos by Michael Clawson


(LEFT) Author Beth Cato opens the book “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, Flush Fiction” to the pages containing her story May 7 in Buckeye. (Above) Books containing the works of Cato are stacked in her home.


reserved for bathroom breaks was an honor, Cato said. “I think it’s hilarious. You have to have a sense of humor and the great thing is the Uncle John’s people have a sense of humor,” she said. Javna said “Brains for Breakfast” was chosen because


it offered a humorous, complete story in a small package. “We picked ‘Brains for Breakfast’ because it was just the kind of story we were looking for — it was funny, it was clever, and it was unique. It sucked me into this completely fleshed-out little world, had great characters, and told a full story. That’s pretty impressive for a mere 1,000 words.”


Cato is an author by trade. She spends the majority of her days editing or writing and has at least five projects


going on at the same time, she said. “I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a kid. I always had stories I wanted to tell. My imagination goes nonstop,” she said. Her work has also been featured in a few of the popular


“Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and she writes a blog called “Catch a Star as It Falls.”


More information on the author can be found by visiting www.bethcato.com. “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, Flush Fiction” is sold at major bookstores and online.


Sara Clawson can be reached by email at sclawson@westvalleyview.com.


Phoenix Symphony Comes To Goodyear Sunday, May 20th


Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening of popular and classical music under a canopy of stars with The Phoenix Symphony. This annual event is The Phoenix Symphony’s only outdoor concert! It will be held at the Lakeside Amphitheater in Estrella, on Sunday, May 20.


4pm Gates Open 5pm The Estrella Mountain Elementary Concert Band and Jazz Band


6pm VeeRonna, Arizona’s


premier harpist, and her band


7pm The Phoenix Symphony followed by a fabulous fireworks display


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