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“Taming the Tongue While Chasing the Sun”

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Kelvin Smith Library’s 25th Anniversary Event Series will continue with a lecture by author Bryan A. Garner titled “Taming the Tongue While Chasing the Sun.” This presentation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. (ET). 

Garner is the author of more than 25 language-related books, including Garner’s Modern English Usage (Oxford, 4th ed. 2016) and The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation (2016). He has been editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary over its past five unabridged editions. He has long been among the most widely cited authorities about language in American judicial opinions. He has one of the largest personal libraries in the Southwest, with a total of 38,000 volumes, and his bibliophilia is highly contagious.

The presentation is associated with the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections exhibit of 100 items curated from Garner’s personal collection of “English Grammars and Dictionaries.” During and following his presentation, Garner will give a virtual presentation and tour of both the items in the Special Collections exhibit (which comes to CWRU directly from the exhibit that was previously at the Grolier Club in New York) and his main library in Dallas, Texas, focusing on highlights of his collection of 4,500 dictionaries and 1,900 grammars. 

Though Garner will present virtually, members of the community are invited to watch a livestream of the event in Kelvin Smith Library’s Dampeer Room. Attendees will be invited to view the exhibit at the conclusion of the presentation and interact virtually with Garner. Refreshments will be served. Register to attend the event.