British author Lynne Truss will be on hand at the Beck Center
in Lakewood this Friday to autograph copies of her new book,
“Eats, Shoots & Leaves.”
Best-selling British author
punctuates new book
By Charles Cassady
Published Nov. 17, 2004
Friday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Ave.
COST: $35 per person
MORE INFO: 216-226-8275
would ever think a British book about proper punctuation, of all
things … would be an international bestseller!
thats exactly the case with “Eats, Shoots & Leaves,” subtitled
“The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation,”
the slim volume of do;s and donts about where to put you’re
apostophe’s, period’s. and comma’s, has become a sensation, first
in the U.K in 2003, and then in the United States. Its made a regular
catchphrase out of a battle cry for people who cant let a misprin’t
or misuse of punctuation pass un-noticed or un-punished: “Sticklers
note: Bad punctuation intended.
Friday night the sticklers will indeed unite, as the lady behind
this publishing phenom — Lynne Truss —comes to the Beck Center in
Lakewood for a special benefit on behalf of the Lakewood Public
Library. She will speak and autograph copies of the book (provided
for sale on site by Borders) from 7 to 9 p.m.
yearly benefits for the Library just keep getting bigger and better.
In November of 2003, best-selling thriller-author Stuart Woods similarly
visited the Beck and brought out fans and readers from all over
funding trustee, Suzanne Metelko, has been working with a lot of
New York publishers for our annual fundraiser,” said Ken Warren,
director of the LPL. “Last year’s event was such a success with
Stuart Woods that the reputation of the Lakewood Public Library
Foundation and the Lakewood community have caught the attention
of the New York publishers. Mrs.Metelko was informed concerning
the availability of a number of authors.”
Warren gentlemanly declines to name them, some of the writers offered
up just didn’t have that certain je ne sais quoi.
decided to wait in the hope that a more exciting author might be
able to visit Lakewood. When we found out that Lynne Truss was available
resident of Brighton on the English Sea coast, Truss is an editor,
journalist and former TV critic and book and Sports columnist for
the London Times as well as a BBC radio commentator (which bespeaks
well of her being able to hold an audience enraptured.)
In 2002 she did a series of radio broadcasts called “Cutting
a Dash” that introduced listeners to such institutions as the Apostrophe
Protection Society and the serious abuse of punctuation in everything
from signs at grocery stores to the title of the Hugh Grant-Sandra
Bullock comedy “Two Weeks Notice.”
experience made Truss realize the sorry state of knowledge regarding
punctuation and grammar (even in schools and especially on the internet).
“Eats, Shoots & Leaves” she discourses on the invention of the
semi-colon and touches on matters of language and usage from Chekhov
to Shaw to Emily Dickinson to Martin Amis. She also gives amusing
examples of messages whose entire meaning is altered by changing
punctuation, using differently accentuated scriptural passages from
the Bible as an example of just how much can hang by a comma (even
popular is this book that it was even quoted on the floor of the
British Parliament. Imagine “The DaVinci Code” getting that kind
to “An Evening with Lynne Truss” is $35, and tickets can be purchased
at the door at the Beck Center; at Borders in the Westlake Promenade
shopping center, 30121 Detroit Road in Westlake; or during library
hours at the circulation desks of either Lakewood Public Library
branch — the main branch at 15425 Detroit Ave. or the Madison branch
at 13229 Madison Ave.