Next week, Talk of the Stacks — a free author series exploring contemporary literature and culture at the Minneapolis Central Library — will host nationally renowned author, entertainer, radio personality and musician Roy Blount Jr.
The author of 23 books, covering subjects from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Robert E. Lee to what dogs are thinking, the prolific Blount is also a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!,” a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and former president of the Authors Guild.
Blount’s most recent book — “Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text” — is a sequel to his wildly popular “Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory,” a comedic commentary on words and the English language, arranged in alphabetically-ordered entries.
“Alphabetter” further explores literality and the physicality of language. Employing his signature wordplay, insightful humor and linguistic skill, Blount delivers a hilarious collection of riffs and raves about the English language in all its awkward and graceful forms.
According to publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
“Alphabetter” is for anyone — novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or career grammarian — who loves to get physical with words. What is the universal sign of disgust — ew — doing in beautiful and cutie? Why is toadless, but not frogless, in the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. Supreme Court find relevance in gollywoddles? And why would someone not bother to spell correctly the very word he is trying to define on Urbandictionary.com? Digging into how locutions evolve and work, or fail, Blount draws upon everything from “The Tempest” to “The Wire.”
Join Talk of the Stacks as Blount shares his singular, organic, and always amusing take on language.
The program will be free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. Seating is first come, first served.
For more information, call 952-847-8107 or visit www [dot] supporthclib [dot] org.
Time: Doors: 6:15 p.m.; program: 7-8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Place: Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401