I'll be talking about and/​or signing my recent book Authorisms at several places in Washington, DC in November and December, any one of which would be a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

1. I'll be giving a talk followed by a book signing at the Folger Shakespeare Library on November 7, 2014 at 6pm in the Elizabethan Theater. Admission is free and you can reserve a seat by going to the library's website.

The Folger's address is 201 East Capital Street SE Washington, DC.

Below is the library's write-up from their web site:

Paul Dickson:Authorisms

Chortle...factoid…blabbermouth… each of these words was coined by an author, and each word was descriptive at that time, and remains relevant today. Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has created an entertaining and enlightening new collection of words and lexical curiosities originating from the minds and pens of authors throughout the ages. In AUTHORISMS:Words Wrought by Writers (Bloomsbury hardcover; $18), Dickson compiles an alphabetical listing that includes the definition of the word along with a brief essay which places the word or phrase in its cultural context. AUTHORISMS provides an illuminating tour of several centuries of the English language that you won’t want to miss.

2. On November 18th I'll be participating in the National Press Club's Book Fair and Author's Night. Below is the write up from the NPC website:

The Capitol region’s premiere holiday book event is back for the 37th year! The National Press Club Journalism Institute is once again partnering with landmark local book seller Politics & Prose for a night of pols, pundits and prose.

Authors will be on hand to talk to their fans and sign books at this most exciting literary event. Patrons can browse for books at the Club’s headquarters at 529 14th Street NW from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at a later date.

The Book Fair is a fundraiser for The National Press Club Journalism Institute, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, which advances journalistic practice by equipping professionals with the skills and competence to innovate, leveraging emerging trends, recognizing leaders and innovators, and mentoring the next generation of journalism and communications professionals.

The Book Fair is partnering with The SEED Foundation, which helps under-served students prepare for college. The young scholars attend one of two public boarding schools in the District and Maryland. The students select books they believe would enrich their education and patrons can buy them at the fair to help develop the Baltimore SEED School library. A group of students from the SEED school attend the event each year, giving them a chance to meet with authors and attendees.

No outside books or memorabilia permitted.

3. I'll be at the University Club at their Meet the Author Night and the Book Fair on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8pm which is open to the public and has no admission charge.

Here is the write up from their website:

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet an eclectic group of bestselling authors and select gifts for book lovers of all ages. Come and get a jump on your holiday gift-giving and chat up the author as they sign a copy of their book just for you and yours!
This favorite and always fun Club event, which is open to all members and the general public, will feature more than 50 authors.

For further information contact:
Judy Voorhis-Gutierrez, Book Fair Coordinator (jgutierrez@​
The University Club of Washington DC 1135 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 862-8800

Selected Works

A dictionary of the secret language of families
The only slang dictionary arranged by topic--now substantially revised and expanded.
In our globally interconnected age, misnaming where someone is from or the cultural group to which they belong often constitutes more than a harmless social gaffe. Labels for Locals provides guidance on the preferred, and sometimes disdained, names for selected locales, cities, regions, countries, and ethnic groups worldwide.
American Fighting Words and Phrases Since the Civil War--Recommended by William Safire in his New York Times Magazine "On Language" column.
American History: narrative non-fiction
The all but forgotten but dramatic story of WWI vets from their historic march on Washington in 1932, to demand the bonus promised them for their wartime service, to the passage of the GI Bill which was their lasting legacy.
"... an old-fashioned whiz-bang: Dickson's most complicated, most rewarding book yet." -James H. Bready, The Baltimore Sun, July 6, 2003
Baseball fans young and old are certain to enjoy this book. Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
"That rarest of sports books, a valuable reference work that provides absorbing and enlightening reading." -Sports Illustrated
"Paul Dickson's indefatigable research and reportorial lucidity have given us a fascinating history of the event that forever changed our world." -Walter Cronkite
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