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Capote to be topic of speech

Author and journalist James Tobin, who will teach at Miami spring semester, will discuss “Truman Capote and In Cold Blood: The Making of a Non-Fiction Novel” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in 102 Bachelor Hall.

The extraordinary literary and commercial success of Capote's In Cold Blood has been credited with igniting an enthusiasm for narrative nonfiction work.

Tobin, who spent 12 years as a journalist in Detroit, is the author of several nonfiction works, including To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight and Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II.

In the spring, he will teach journalism 180A (an honors course, Introduction to Narrative Nonfiction) and American studies 401 (a capstone course, True Stories: Craft and Critical Issues in Narrative Nonfiction), as the Weipking Distinguished Professor of Journalism. Tobin has a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan.

His presentation is sponsored by the journalism, American studies, and honors and scholars programs. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Richard Campbell, director of journalism, at 9-7525 or

Date Published: 11/10/2005
Volume: 25   Number: 15


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