Yo Ho Ho and a new book by Roz Chast!
September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day. The National Book Awards Longlists were just announced and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is on the list. I just love Scrabble so I'm rolling three posts into one.
Roz Chast is “the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People's Literature catergory).”
101 Two-Letter Words by singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, with illustrations by Roz Chast, will be released at the end of September. It's a book of poems about the two-letter words allowed in Scrabble. Scrabble is a big deal at my house. The news that four new two-letter words (DA, GI, PO, TE) were added to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary edition released in August was greeted with a hearty, ” AY, AY? NO, AR, AR!”
- Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis is the classic book on the crazy world of competetive Scrabble playing. It inspired the documentary Word Wars.
- Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay contains her essay “To Scratch, Claw or Grope Clumsily or Frantically” about her foray into the world of word freaks.
- As You Wish by Cary Elwes is the story of making the film The Princess Bride. The Dread Pirate Roberts is guy pretending to be a pirate for a while.