Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations
by H. Harris Healy, III, President, Logos Bookstore Logos Bookstore
1575 York Avenue (Between 83rd And 84th Sts.)
New York, New York 10028
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Party Of The Century:
The Fabulous Story Of Truman Capote And His Black And White Ball
By Deborah Davis
John Wiley, $24.95
Forty years ago this coming November 28 occurred one of the most glamorous events of the late 20th century, Truman Capote’s Black And White Ball at the Plaza Hotel. Deborah Davis’ Party Of The Century: The Fabulous Story Of Truman Capote And His Black And White Ball is certainly the book to read on this subject. Not only does she provide a concise , short biography of Capote’s early years, but she provides as well profiles of his various lady friends or ‘swans’ like Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Gloria Guinness, Lee Radziwill and C.Z. Guest and the guest of honor for his ball, Katharine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post and Newsweek. In addition, Davis informs the reader about all the people, items and procedures involved in getting the guests ready for the ball whether it be the making of the masks, and the choice of dresses and hairstyles (for the women).
At the back of the book is the famous guest list for this party. Not everybody on the list was able to make the ball, but if one was not on the list, it was almost impossible to crash the party as the author points out in the book, while also writing about the many people who begged Capote for an invitation. The Black And White Ball was the height of Truman Capote’s fame. glory and prestige, coming in the year of the publication of In Cold Blood and before he antagonized his ‘swans’ and other rich friends with the published excerpt, ‘La Cote Basque’ of his roman a clef, Answered Prayers, and had his career and literary output take a downward slide. Deborah Davis’ book captures the fabulousness of the preparations for the event and the event itself.
Meanwhile it is the month of May, the time of year for Mothers’ Day, baptisms, first communions, confirmations and college graduations. At Logos there are greeting cards, books and gift items appropriate for those events. Also on Thursday, June 1, 6-9 P.M. at Logos will be an evening of much interest. Guest hosted by Bonnie Manter, speakers will include Lisa Dennison of the Guggenheim Museum and Brian Gill of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, discussing what will be new and noteworthy at their respective museums this summer, Mark Bozzuti-Jones, published author and member of the clergy of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and Dennis Krukuski, award-winning photographer.
Upcoming Events At Logos Bookstore
• Wednesday May 3, 2006 at 7 P.M., KYTV Reading Group will discuss The History Of The Siege Of Lisbon by Jose Saramago.
Monday May 8, 2006 at 7 P.M., The Sacred Texts Group led by Richard Curtis, literary agent, will discuss the books of Ezekiel and Daniel.
Thursday June 1, 2006, 6-9 P.M. Lisa Dennison, the Guggenheim Museum, Brian Gill, the Metropolitan Museum, The Reverend Mark Bozzuti-Jones, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and Dennis Krukuski, award winning photographer will speak, Bonnie Manter, guest host.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 7 P.M., KYTV Reading Group will discuss Tales Of The City by Armistead Maupin.
Transit: 4, 5, 6 Subway to 86th St., Lexington Ave. M86 Bus (86th St.), M79 Bus (79th St.), M31 Bus (York Ave.), M15 Bus (1st and 2nd Aves.).