margaret atwood and emma bolton

Margaret Atwood with Doubleday receptionist Emma Bolton, at the Doubleday 100th Anniversary party.

Emma and Pat Conroy

Emma with Pat Conroy.

  The holiday season is upon us again, which can only mean that it's time to get ready for a whole slew of parties. Forget about moderation, and don't even think about your diet--now is the time to rejoice and indulge. The holiday festivities offer a brief respite from the usual daily grind. As the temperature drops and the days grow shorter, an almost primal need for a good party and the chance to blow off some steam takes root.

Get ready for office parties, family parties, black tie events, egg nog, mistletoe, good friends, insincere well-wishers, and enough champagne to give a small army a big hangover. You will buy gifts, receive gifts, and return gifts. My advice here is to give the gift of literature and buy books for everyone.

In this issue of Bold Type, two authors stand out as party favorites.

Reading George Plimpton's new book on Truman Capote is like having cocktails with some of the most glamorous names from the worlds of literature, showbiz, politics, media and money. They're all tremendous gossips, each with a tale to tell and many contradicting each other (not to mention themselves). Using a form he calls "oral biography," Plimpton puts you right in the middle of the action and delivers the story straight from the lips of those who knew Capote best. Through them, what appears is a truly insightful and always entertaining portrait of an author who knew everyone, wrote about them brilliantly, and refuses to be forgotten.

Author Richard Zacks' investigations have uncovered the history that you were NEVER taught in school. Guaranteed to make you the life of the party, these historical tidbits and anecdotes are both hilarious and enlightening. You won't want to miss his incredible essay on the wild party that Casanova threw so that his aristocrat friends could watch a public torture in comfort and style.

What ties these seemingly disparate authors together is that they both remember what many writers have forgotten: books should be fun!

We at Bold Type would like to wish you a happy holiday season and thank you for reading us throughout the year. We rely upon your feedback to help shape future issues, so tell us what you want to see!

Happy reading!!!

Larry Weissman
Bold Type Editor