The Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut St., Lyons, will hold a spring 2018 book reading series sponsored by Humanities New York.
“’In Cold Blood’: True Crime, an American Genre” will take place in the Old Jail section of the museum. This series will invite participants to delve into the history and literature of American crime.
Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” celebrated the 50th anniversary of its publication in 2016. The novel is known as a pioneering work of new journalism and true crime writing. “In Cold Blood” details the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas. The series will start with Capote’s work on March 29.
“Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story of a Doctor who Got Away with Murder” by James Stewart looks at the case of serial killer Michael Swango and the medical community that enabled his crimes. The series will examine this book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on April 19.
“Compulsion” by Meyer Levin is inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case. Readers will discuss one of the first classics of the true crime genre on May 10.
“The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York” by Deborah Blum is a novelistic account of the efforts of Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler to use chemistry and medical science in investigating crime in 1920s New York. The series will focus on Blum’s work on May 31.
Readers will re-examine one of the most infamous murders in New York history on June 21 with “Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America” by Kevin Cook. The novel depicts how it resonated against the backdrop of change in the 1960s, as well as how the dark picture of human nature it seemed to illuminate needs re-evaluation.
Book discussions will start at 6:30 p.m. Registration is requested. Call (315) 946-4943 or visit for information.