National Press Club

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday with NPC member and lexicographer Dickson

March 11, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with National Press Club member and lexicographer Paul Dickson as he discusses his latest book “Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers” Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Zenger Room.

“Authorisms” is a collection of words coined or popularized by authors throughout the ages. Dickson sorts through neologisms by Chaucer (a ha), Jane Austen (base ball), Louisa May Alcott (co-ed), Mark Twain (hard-boiled), Kurt Vonnegut (granfalloon), John le Carrè (mole), William Gibson (cyberspace), and many others. Presenting stories behind each word and phrase, Dickson enriches our appreciation of the English language in a book as entertaining as it is enlightening.

This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute. No outside books or memorabilia permitted. All sales are final.

Registration is $5 for NPC members; $10 public. NPC member fee is waived with the pre-order of a book, an option that appears on the ticket form. Click here to register.