"The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time", with author Jeff Deck

05/09/2012 7:00 pm

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.

Recruiting his friend Benjamin and other valiant companions, he created the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). Armed with markers, chalk, and correction fluid, they circumnavigated America, righting the glaring errors displayed in grocery stores, museums, malls, restaurants, mini-golf courses, beaches, and even a national park. Jeff and Benjamin championed the cause of clear communication, blogging about their adventures transforming horor into horror, it’s into its, and coconunut into coconut.

 

 Jeff Deck, author

 

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$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780307591081
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Broadway Books, 10/2011
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."
Washington Post

"[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."
Philadelphia Inquirer

"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."
—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Tuesday, August 19, 7 PM
Join us as we welcome Jessica Lander, author of Driving Backwards, to Gibson's Bookstore.  Driving Backwards is a memoir of Gilmanton, which briefly was the best known small town in the United States. Read more about this fascinating book here, and please join us!
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The Poetry Society of New Hampshire meets at Gibson's on the third Wednesday of each month. This month, our guests are Alice Fogel and Patrice Pinette. Their readings will be followed by an open-mic event. Come to read, come to listen--all are welcome!


New Hampshire Beer! Thursday, Aug. 21, 7 PM
Come learn all about the history and craft of brewing beer in New Hampshire!
Brian Aldrich started writing about beer for his blog Seacoast Beverage Lab in March 2010. Along with his blog and craft beer podcast, Brian is the beer master at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, providing guests with a unique craft beer experience. He lives in Newfields, New Hampshire, with his wife, Lisa, and dog Madison. Visit him at www.seacoastbeveragelab.com.
We've just learned--happy coincidence!--that our friends in True Brew Cafe will be hosting a beer tasting at the same time as our author event. This will be a great night at Gibson's for beer lovers!

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