Tampa writer Greg Neri's new book imagines Truman Capote and Harper Lee as child detectives

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Join award-winning Tampa author Greg Neri as he introduces his new book,
Tru and Nelle, a work of fiction based off the very real friendship between Truman Capote and Harper Lee. Although they grew up to be some of the South’s most famous writers, the two started out as unlikely childhood friends in a backwater Alabama town. Lee found inspiration in their relationship, using their time together as the basis for her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The two fell out when Capote refused to credit Lee when she helped him write the book that made his career, In Cold Blood. But with Lee’s recent death, and Capote’s back in ’84, Neri’s book provides a reconciliation of sorts for these wordsmiths, one fans of both authors can use to connect with their spunky, Southern spirit once again.

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 | Bookmark It, 3201 Corrine Drive | bookmarkitorlando.com | free


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