Wednesday, July 28, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Great Typo Hunt

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson

from the publisher:
The signs of the times are missing apostrophes.

The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For 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.

But at the Grand Canyon, they took one correction too far: fixing the bad grammar in a fake Native American watchtower. The government charged them with defacing federal property and summoned them to court—with a typo-ridden complaint that claimed that they had violated “criminal statues.” Now the press turned these paragons of punctuation into “grammar vigilantes,” airing errors about their errant errand..

The radiant dream of TEAL would not fade, though. Beneath all those misspelled words and mislaid apostrophes, Jeff and Benjamin unearthed deeper dilemmas about education, race, history, and how we communicate. Ultimately their typo-hunting journey tells a larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language and literacy—and the importance of always taking a second look.
publishing 8/3/2010 by Harmony Books


Booklover Book Reviews said...

Oh wow - this sounds like the perfect book for me Carin. I am one of those annoying people that tell friends when they have spelt something wrong. I cannot stand sitting in a business meeting with someone presenting powerpoint slides with spelling mistakes on them!! ( I have learnt to control myself and tell them quietly after the meeting is over though ;) ) Thanks for sharing this great find!

Jeane said...

Is this nonfiction?! It makes me think of those blogs were people put up pictures of signs from public places with typos or misspellings that make the message into something new and ridiculous! It sounds like a fun read.

Unknown said...

This sounds like so much fun! I'm kind of a spelling nazi and am so tempted sometimes not to correct spelling on signs and in ads.

Jan von Harz said...

definitely sounds like a book I can wrap my English teacher head around. Thanks!

Nat said...

Haven't heard of this one before...hope you enjoy it!

danya said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun!

avisannschild said...

Ooh, I want to read this one! Love the sound of TEAL!

Lily Michelon Rosenthal said...

This sounds excellent, because it sounds like something I would do. If I were way more awesome, that is.

Found you through WoW...great site!