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On the Books: Works by a young Truman Capote released

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Truman Capote died more than 30 years ago, but on Thursday, the godfather of the crime genre and author of classics including Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood released new stories. Earlier this year, the late scribe’s publisher discovered a set of previously unknown stories he had penned in his youth; today the German newspaper Die Zeit published three of those pieces. Random House plans to release a collection including 17 more new Capote tales in 2015.

Publisher Peter Haag and journalist Anuschka Roshani came across the manuscripts in the New York Public Library. Somehow no one had found them until 2014. Skeptics might wonder how well teenage Capote wrote, but Roshani assuaged these doubts.

“When he was 23, he used to joke that he looked like he was 12,” the journalist told Die Zeit. “But when he was 12 he wrote like others did aged 40.”

Capote’s best known works are long entries that jumpstarted “The New Journalism,” but he got his start writing short stories for publications like Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker. [The Guardian]

Kim Gordon, a founding member of seminal indie rock band Sonic Youth, will release her memoir on Feb. 24, 2015. Girl in a Band will detail Gordon’s career as an artist and as part of Sonic Youth. The press release notes that “at the heart of the book is the examination of what partnership means—and what happens when it dissolves,” suggesting that Gordon’s memoir will also cover her split from longtime partner and fellow Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore. [Pitchfork]

New books by indie comedians Lena Dunham and B.J. Novak are making big debuts. Dunham’s memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, debuted at No. 2 on the Indie Bestseller List. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures climbed to sixth on the children’s interest list. [Mediabistro]