Wednesday May 9th, 2012, 7 p.m.
"The signs of the times are missing apostrophes."
Sometimes, the world needs a proofreader.
Have you ever been driving down the road and seen a sign that is... not... quite... right? And you wanted to pull over and whip out a magic marker and correct the sign (for science, or posterity, or just for your own piece of mind).
The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch
answer the call? For Portsmouth author Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall:
“NO TRESSPASSING.” In that moment, his greater purpose became clear.
Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization… and only he could
wield the marker to defeat them.
Indie Next List, "Great Reads from Booksellers You Trust," August 2010
Boston Globe Bestseller
"[THE GREAT TYPO HUNT], where editor meets road trip, is entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking, and one that any lover of language, travel — or both — will probably enjoy."
—The Boston Globe
"[A]n illuminating hybrid of travelogue, English usage textbook and sociological experiment."
"[C]omplete with breezy writing, mock superhero prologues, and a serious mission to return phonics and proofreading to places of honor."
—Christian Science Monitor
"Part classic road-trip narrative, buddy-love saga and state-of-the-nation survey, it's also an adventure thriller for grammar fiends, travel porn for copy editors and other enforcers of linguistic propriety."
"Deck and Herson show the reader that adventures in language needn’t be limited to the computer screen or printed page. In their view, the real excitement’s out there on the open road, and they want you to share it."