Join Us for a Special Literary Event!
An Evening at Mr. Capote's
A Reading and Musical Reception

The Celebrating a Century series continues with a unique event celebrating the literary legacy of our neighborhood. We invite you to join us for "An Evening at Mr. Capote's" on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 8 PM.

That's Truman Capote, of course, and the event takes place in the elegant 19th Century mansion on Willow Street where Capote lived and wrote. Curated by novelist and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Peter Hedges, the evening will include readings from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and, appropriately, A House on the Heights. The evening will also include a brief musical interlude of songs from the score of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Capote’s Broadway musical House of Flowers. A dessert reception will follow.

Seating is limited so act fast! Admission: $125. To purchase tickets please RSVP to Auster Agency by calling 718.243.1414 or email

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More on Capote and A House on the Heights
Want to prepare for this special evening by brushing up on Capote's work? You can pick up a copy of A House on the Heights at the Brooklyn Women's Exchange at 55 Pierrepont St.

Here's how the Little Bookroom, publisher of A House on the Heights, describes Capote's connection to the neighborhood and this classic little book: "Truman Capote spent several years in the 1950s and 1960s in Brooklyn Heights, once telling a reporter: 'It's the only place to live in New York.' George Plimpton writes that 'a love of history, gossip, character, and a skill at putting all this to words...brings Brooklyn Heights to life as vividly as any landscape Truman ever undertook to survey.' Long out of print, Truman Capote’s evocative essay on Brooklyn Heights brings to life the landscape that was for the author a world of grand homes and dimly recalled gentility, of mysterious warehouses and menacing street thugs, of antiques and dowagers, a garden overhung with wisteria, and the famous Esplanade—all rendered in his deft and stylish prose and with obvious affection for the neighborhood. Originally commissioned for Holiday magazine in the late 1950s by John Knowles (later the author of A Separate Peace), the essay remained one of his favorites—especially its surprise ending."