"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

 

Book List
$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

Location: 
Street:
27 S Main St
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City:
Concord
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Province:
New Hampshire
Postal Code:
03301
Country:
United States

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