Literary Lunchbreak: Benjamin Dreyer in Conversation With Carol Saller: Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

Join us to hear Benjamin Dreyer speak in conversation with Carol Saller on his new book  Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style in the next installment in our Literary Lunchbreak virtual event series.

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We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.


As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, Dreyer's English—now out in a new paperback edition!-- is required reading for everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.

And who better to lead a conversation with Benjamin Dreyer than Chicago's own "Subversive Copyeditor," Carol Saller, who served as chief copyeditor for the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and as a consultant for the 17th?

And in case you'd like to match wits with these two style-and-grammar gurus, we're going to play a few rounds of the brand-new Dreyer's English-based game STET—and you can join in!

Anyone who attends the virtual event AND buys a copy of  Dreyer's English will be entered into a raffle to win a free STET game! And copies of Dreyer's English or STET that are ordered before or on the day of the Literary Lunchbreak will be 15% off!

Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor, joining Random House as a production editor in 1993. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout. A graduate of Northwestern University, Benjamin Dreyer lives in New York City.

Carol Saller is a contributing editor to The Chicago Manual of Style and writes for Fiction+ at the CMOS blog. She served as chief copyeditor for the 16th edition of the manual and as a consultant for the 17th. For many years she edited both the Chicago Manual of Style’s online Q&A and the CMOS Shop Talk blog. Her books include The Subversive Copy Editor as well as several books for children, including the young adult novel Eddie's War.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
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ISBN: 9780812995701
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Published: Random House - January 29th, 2019