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On the Books: 'In Cold Blood' case files to be published

- Since its 1966 debut, Truman Capote’s chilling true-crime classic In Cold Blood has been regarded as the original “nonfiction novel”—a revelation in literature that combined the factuality of journalism with the literary finesse of fiction. But a recent claim made by the son of the man who investigated the real-life murder case indicates that Capote may have taken more artistic license in writing the account than previously thought. READ FULL STORY

See new covers for 7 Truman Capote books -- EXCLUSIVE


Do shiny new covers make you want to re-read  old favorites? I’m not ashamed to admit that re-issues are one publishing marketing ploy that I’m entirely susceptible to, especially when they’re done with originality and care. Vintage Books recently released Breakfast at Tiffany’s and other Truman Capote classics as e-books, but these new editions, designed by Megan Wilson, might rekindle your loyalty to paperback. Like Capote himself, the updated covers (coming this July) are stylish and daring with an undertone of darkness. Click through to see the seven re-issued covers, and tell us your favorite in the comments. Mine is Answered Prayers.

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'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to come out as e-book

Welcome, Holly Golightly, to the digital revolution.

Vintage Books announced Monday that Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s classic New York City novella, is coming out this week as an e-book for the first time.

Other Capote favorites, from The Grass Harp to Music for Chameleons, also will debut in digital form. Vintage, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc., is planning paper reissues of Capote’s work, including the true crime classic In Cold Blood.

Capote died in 1984 at age 60.

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Watch Truman Capote talk 'In Cold Blood'

When In Cold Blood was first published in 1966, it was a sensation—not just because of the horrific murders and aftermath it chronicled, but because of the style (which many consider the very first in the true crime genre) in which Truman Capote wrote it. The subject, the book, and the author has been of great interest for the last forty years — two movies, Capote and Infamous, came out within a year of each other  — but now, courtesy of the L.A. Times book blog,  you can watch Truman Capote himself discuss the origins of the book in this 1966 interview.

It’s a fascinating 13-minute clip, during which Capote states that the crime itself was “purely incidental” (he’d read a brief story in The New York Times about the Clutter family murders, which he attributes to being “thrust upon me by fate”), and that he was always more interested in exploring a literary medium that had been previously unexplored. He was determined, he says, to prove that reportage “could be every bit as effective and have every bit of emotional and intellectual impact and hit heart and mind at the same time that fiction does at its absolute best.”  As the many fans of In Cold Blood will tell you, we think he succeeded.

Take a look and see what you think. And, now that you have the real thing to compare it to, who does a better Truman, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote or Toby Jones in Infamous

Truman Capote signed one of his books ... to Harry Potter

harry-potter-half-blood_lWas J.K. Rowling prowling used bookstores in New Jersey for inspiration for her best-selling series? Howard Rose of Brier Rose Books in Teaneck, N.J., is selling a first-edition copy of Truman Capote’s 1967 book The Thanksgiving Visitor, autographed by the author in January 1978 “for Harry Potter with gratitude.” The book is for sale on, the used-book e-tailer whose Reading Copy Book Blog first reported the curiosity. The asking price: a whopping $1,000, well above the average for the title. (Other first editions of The Thanksgiving Visitor on AbeBooks run between $60-75, while the cheapest signed copy is on offer for $375.)

Rose didn’t have to go to Privet Drive in Little Whinging to find the Capote book — just New Jersey’s Bergen County and the home of a doctor bearing the name of a future boy wizard. “Several years ago, I was called into a home and this book was among some others tossed into a basket in the garage,” says Rose, a former administrator at Fairleigh Dickinson University who’s been a book dealer for 14 years. “It wasn’t until later that I discovered it was signed. This Harry Potter was a physician. He may have been Capote’s physician, for all I know. Many doctors around Englewood had offices in the city. Maybe his specialty was helping people with writer’s cramp.”

Photo credit: Melissa Moseley

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