Grammartopia Durham

Grammartopia-Durham 2017Author and Editor Kris Spisak‘s Grammartopia® is the “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” of proper language use, a playful celebrity panel, where contestants fight it out for grammar and language trivia prowess.

When we think about grammar, often we think of the dry instruction we received in school or the intimidating jargon we never quite learned. But strong grammar is essential to powerful communication, whether personal or professional, and who says we can’t have this conversation and have fun at the same time?

On Sunday, November 19th, Kris is bringing Grammartopia to Durham, North Carolina, and she invites you to join her at 3 p.m. at Durham County Library’s South Regional branch.

After the program, Kris will also be available to sign copies of her book, Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017).

Grammartopia-Durham Contestants:

Jennifer Delamere - Grammartopia Contestant

Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past…and new beginnings. Her novels have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America RITA® award finalist, a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer holds a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books.

Sarah Shaber - Grammartopia Contestant

Sarah Shaber is an award-winning mystery author from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her WWII historical mystery series features young widow Louise Pearlie, a government girl who works for the Office of Strategic Services, the United States’ first spy agency. Shaber is also the author of the Professor Simon Shaw mysteries, Blood Test, and editor of Tar Heel Dead. Her first book, Simon Said, won the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic Award for best first traditional mystery. She was the Bouchercon15 (World Mystery Conference, 2015) Local Guest of Honor. 

Carl Nordgren - Grammartopia-Durham Contestant

Carl Nordgren was born in Greenville, Mississippi where his great grandmother’s house was across the street from the boyhood home of author Walker Percy. Carl has worked as a fishing guide on the English River in Northwestern Ontario and on the White River in the Arkansas Ozarks, as a bartender, a foundry man, and an entrepreneur. He lived with his family in Ireland for a year where he researched the IRA, and for 14 years he taught courses in Creativity and Entrepreneurship at Duke University. He graduated from Knox College and lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Marie where they have raised three daughters.

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