Book Markers: 12.05.13

 Capote Christmas

       Truman Capote, whose fans are as diverse as they are legion, from macho Norman Mailer to your local florist, was never more sentimental than in “A Christmas Memory,” that autobiographical tale of his close boyhood relationship with his much older yet childlike cousin. Now, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., two actors, Tom DeWolfe and Jere Jacob, will give voice to the story at the Amagansett Library.

       Country life in the F.D.R.-era South, fruitcakes, love, and loss — pull up a chair, won’t you? The reading’s free.


Poems of Parenthood

       If a reading is billed as carrying themes of parenthood and childlessness, that pretty much covers every adult, doesn’t it? Whether you’re seeking commiseration, shared joy, or validation of life choices, there should be something for everyone at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 5 p.m., when two poets, Adam Penna and Sarah Kain Gutowski, read from their work.

       Mr. Penna, who lives in East Moriches and teaches English at Suffolk Community College, is the author of “Little Songs & Lyrics to Genji.” Ms. Gutowski, who has had her poems published in The Southern Review and The Gettysburg Review, earlier this year came out with a chapbook, “Fabulous Beast: The Sow,” from Hyacinth Girl Press.