The Little Falls Public Library, supported by a grant from Humanities New York, will offer In Cold Blood: True Crime, An American Genre, a six-session reading and discussion series focused on the true crime phenomenon.

The series will explore the history and literature of the true crime genre, its reflection on the culture and mores of their time, and its relevance to current times. Discussions on how the moral and political landscapes of an era are reflected in true crime, the development of forensic science, the role of media in shaping urban crime-related myths, motivation, and the impact of crime on both the victims and society at large. The discussion will be generated around six texts: Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story of a Doctor Who Got Away with Murder, Compulsion, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America, True Crime: An American Anthology, and In Cold Blood.

All texts will be available at the library for participants to borrow.

Series sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 14th, November 28th, December 5th, December 19th, January 9th, and January 23rd at 5:45 p.m. and be facilitated by Michael Cecconi. Mr. Cecconi, who facilitates adult short story writing groups at the library, holds a Bachelor of Science in Writing for Television/Radio/Film from Syracuse University.

The program is free of charge and made possible with funding and provision of texts from Humanities New York. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, or to obtain more information, stop in to the library at 10 Waverly Place or call (315) 823-1542.