Upcoming Author Events

Posted on September 8, 2016

  • On Oct. 5, 2016, I will be speaking in St. Johnsbury, VT, for a lecture series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
  • In February and March, 2017, I will be a guest speaker on a 14-day Mekong River expedition organized by the National Geographic Society. This trip will include a 2-day visit to the fabled temples and monuments of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • On April 4, 2017, I will be the featured speaker at the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University.
  • My new novel, previously under the working title of DELIVER US FROM EVIL will be published by Henry Holt & Co. in May, 2017 under the publication title of SOME RISE BY SIN.
  • The 40th anniversary edition of A RUMOR OF WAR will be issued by Holt in August, 2017.

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  1. Amyn Chatoor says:

    Honourable Sir,

    i am a student reading for my degree in International relations from an University in Sri Lanka.
    The principal purpose in sending you this personal note is to seek your assistance in the under mentioned books authored by you titled:

    The Longest Road
    Means of Escape
    A Rumour of War
    The Voyage
    10,000 days of Thunder
    13 Seconds
    In the Shadow of Morning

    Sir you must be surprised as to why I am writing to you direct and not to the publishers the only reason being I come from a land with a devalued currency with high rates of inflation and it is SUICIDAL for me to purchase same such academic books.
    Hence I write in absolute ernest if you could assist me by sending me the above mentioned books by Speed Courier or First Class International Airmail I promise to return same if you so desire the moment I finish with same. This is a solemn promise I will definitely adhere to, to the best of my ability.

    Trust me Sir you are serving a true and deserving cause in acadamic advancement.


    Thanking you

    Yours Sincerely,


  2. Geoffrey Clarfield says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo:

    I just finished your book on the lions of Tsavo. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I have also read your fine novel about the Sudan. As I spent two of my 16 East African years in Turkana District, the book rang true, ethnographically speaking. You captured the area and its people so well.

    I will be publishing an essay on John Henry Patterson in the New English Review this November. It will surprise you. If you are interested in reading it I can alert you at the time. If not, that is quite ok.


    Geoffrey Clarfield

  3. William Clark, MD says:

    Hi Phil,

    I last saw you when you picked up my flats boat in Key West and autographed several copies of A Rumor of War for us.
    I hope that you and your loved ones are well.
    I have followed your writing career through the years and enjoyed all of your books. After “Rumor”, Means of Escape is my favorite. Maybe I just like non-fiction over fiction.
    Several of my friends went to the Air Force Academy and, as you may know, “Rumor” is required reading there. They were all impressed that I knew you back in the day.
    Best wishes and I hope to hear from you,

    Bill Clark

    • My memory seems to be fading. I don’t recall picking up a flats skiff, and I have autographed so many copies of that book that I can’t remember even a fraction of the people for whom I signed it. Would you mind refreshing my recollections? I was down in the Keys recently and had two fine days of tarpon fishing out in the Marquesas.

      • William Clark, MD says:


        I am the Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon who served with you on the Board of Directors of the Key West and Lower Florida Keys Fishing Tournament (with Bob Montgomery, Earnest Saunders, etc.). I saw your sons as patients. I wrote your prescriptions for your trip to Afghanistan for the Esquire story. You invited me to your home for the party celebrating the TV mini-series for A Rumor of War (where Brian Davis embarrassed you by his behavior, including snorting coke with his bimbo girlfriend). I sold you Bob Montgomery’s old FiberCraft flats skiff.

        Glad to hear about your Tarpon trip to Key West. The Marquesas is one of my favorite places to watch Tarpon and catch Permit. My daughter and I fished out of Key West last spring–light tackle with Billy Delph, one of Ralph’s three sons.

        Thanks for the reply,


        • Thank you, Bill. I feel ashamed that I had to ask, considering that our association was more than casual. That Afghan story has been reprinted and posted online several times. So another thanks for keeping me healthy! I think that old skiff is still afloat. I had re-christened her “Evangeline.” When I was in K.W. last week, my two boys, now middle-age men, were with me, along with grandchildren and daughter-in-law. Marc lives in Coral Gables, and is the Florida correspondent for Politico. Geoff lives in St. Petersburg, where he is a musician by night and an air-conditioning installer/repairman by day. Thanks for keeping them healthy, too.

  4. Jack Karbens says:

    I remember teaching at Schofield Barracks in the 1970s. Almost every student had a copy of Rumor of War. The educational officer on duty was our childhood classmate, Laddie B. We still discuss your writings. My brother attended Palm Beach JC with Lt. Calley. I keep a copy of Esquire which profiled your adventures. Let me know if you ever get to Honolulu.

    • Good to hear from you again, Jack. I’m heading to Cambodia and Vietnam in February to do some guest speaking on a river cruise up the Mekong, but the itineary doesn’t call for a stop in Hawaii. If I ever get there, i’ll give you a shout.

  5. Alejandro Carreno says:

    I have been wanting to thank you for A Rumor of War for over ten years. To try and articulate everything it has done for my life would be in vain, but please know you have saved at least one life with your texts

  6. Jon Lichtenberg says:

    Formerly having only read A Rumor of War a long time ago, I just started reading your other books… just finished Indian Country and working on Delcorso’s Gallery… I am amazed… Indian Country could be about my father, he was a Navy corpsman attached to the Marines, everyone says he was broken when he came back in ’69…. Delcorso’s Gallery speaks to me as a photographer, I always kinda wamted to be a war photographer (maybe not so much now)… outstanding…. thanks for speaking to me through the pages….

  7. Dominic Candeloro says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo—I am a specialist in Italian American Studies and the curator of the Casa Italia Library in Stone Park, IL. I live in LaGrange Park—very near to Westchester. I just ran across your 1974 account in the Trib of your visit to Fili Calabria and about your being posted in Rome for the Tribune. I hope this is not a stupid question, but did you ever write other Italian/Italian American material for publication? Do you have unpublished journals or letters that reflect on the Italian American experience? Memoir material of growing up Italian? Are you ever in Chicago and available to speak at Casa Italia? Sincerely, Dominic Candeloro

  8. Mr. Caputo,
    My library was just honored with a grant on the theme War Comes Home. I was looking at the book for the program and it brought back memories of reading your book, A Rumor of War, as a college freshman. As a child I watched the war on TV, so I was quite moved by your book and it still stays with me, especially when my son was in Afghanistan.
    If you get to the west coast, the Long Beach Public Library in California would love to have you speak to our community. Our patrons are enjoying your latest book.
    Hope you are doing well and thank you,

    • Thank you for the comments. I don’t have any plans to get to the West Coast, but if I do in the future, I will keep you and the library in mind.

      All best for the holiday season,

      Phil Caputo

  9. George Clark says:

    Right you are – more Victoria’s Crosses than any before or since. It’s my registered kennel name – I’m a Rhodesian Ridgeback fanatic & I taught military history @ ASU in the mid-70s. Gentleman Jack of Wildwest (AKA Juan Hidalgo) is my eighth RR. He’s an AKC titled therapy dog, as is his elder “sister” Katie (Wildwest African Queen, Hepburn you know). Unlike you, I was a REMF in Nam. Really would enjoy an opportunity to visit with you sometime (not about Nam).

  10. George Clark says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo, Interestingly, after owning & reading Rumor Of War within weeks of its publication (still have it – first edition) and doing the same with Delcorso’s Gallery, I lost you for many years.. I was a career Army officer who bailed in the mid-70s (2 yrs older than you). Native of Arizona, son of a native of the Territory of Arizona, ranchers & miners in Cochise Cnty. Bought an Airstream not long ago, saw The Longest Road in an AS magazine. Bought it, read it – really liked it. My wife read it – really liked it too. Searched & found Crossers, just finished it. Outstanding! Fits in with all the stories I heard growing up, plus the sad situation on the Line today. Didn’t call the illegal crossers “mojados” (I’m able to read Spanish by saying to myself and sort-of speak Spanglish from growing up in Southern Arizona in the 40s and 50s), we called ’em “alambristas” (wire jumpers – as you noted, no rivers). If you’re up in the Phoenix area, let me know, I would like to meet you.

    • Philip Caputo says:

      They are sometimes called “scrapebacks” today, as politically incorrect as “wetbacks.” I see your email address is the same name as a famous battle in the British Army, portrayed in the 1965 film, “Zulu.”

  11. Jack Karbens says:

    Congratulations, Philip, on all you have accomplished. Laddie B.,Marty L. and I, your Havlicek classmates, trade emails about your writings including good times at the Ritz theater. Glad to know you are enjoying your travels. Aloha from Honolulu

  12. Michael Albrich says:

    In Chapter 31, you describe the cone-shaped headgear of the Indians in the canoes coming to Fidalgo Island as “straw hats’, being traditional. The traditional headgear of the Coastal Indians is made of strips of cedar bark, not straw.

    Please inform me by e-mail of a book signing on the West Coast so I can roder a signed copy of TLR.

    • Philip Caputo says:

      Thanks for the background on the hats. At the moment, no book signing is scheduled for the West Coast. The closest I can come is Saddlebrooke, Arizona (a Tucson suburb), but the 300 seats to that event have been sold out.

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