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WRITER 342: Meet Mary Norris, author of 'Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen'.

So you want to be a writer

Meet Mary Norris, author of 'Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen'. You'll discover powerful tips on how to finish writing your book. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Across the Water' by AWC alumna Ingrid Alexandra to give away.  Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 8mins

3 Aug 2020

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Sunday, June 2 – Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, Mary Norris

Bibliocracy Radio

Bibliocracy Radio is back after KPFK’s fund drive, celebrating community support for smart books and lively conversation with a show featuring The Comma Queen, Sunday, 5 PM on 90.7 FM. Her life and life-work, passion for others’ writing and, lately, her own celebrated writing, have indeed made Mary Norris literary royalty.  As The Comma Queen, she charmed readers with her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, in which she offered a professional and personal memoir, the story of staking out a singular profession — with insider accounts of a young woman’s training as a copy editor at The New Yorker.   She’s back with a second book, further adventures and erudition and fun, this time an autobiography meets travel and language guide, similarly passionate, funny, and joyful.  In Greek to Me, Mary Norris explores, adores, explains all things — or at least many things — Greek.  It’s etymology made personal and accessible, with romance and landscape, mythos and history, wonderfully digressive and free associative but always making clear and sometimes startling sense of language, usage and culture based on word origin and history, and peppered with personal stories and pop culture references, humor and the authority of an expert we trust. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, her first book, made Mary Norris a finalist in the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Norris joined the editorial staff of The New Yorker in 1978. She has been a proofreader at the magazine and contributor to “The Talk of the Town” and The New Yorker website, and host of the terrific video series Comma Queen. Thanks for listening, and for purchasing books written by guests of The Bibliofella. Subscribe to the podcast or download, free, from the KPFK Audio Archives.

27mins

1 Jun 2019

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Mary Norris and Gregory Maguire, “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen”

Boston Athenæum

April 23, 2019 at the Boston Athenæum. In her New York Times best-selling Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils, punctuation, and punctiliousness over three decades in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and witty paean to the art of expressing oneself clearly and convincingly, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.From convincing her New Yorker bosses to pay for Ancient Greek studies to traveling the sacred way in search of Persephone, Greek to Me is an unforgettable account of both her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek waiters—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

36mins

30 May 2019

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Greek To Me: Mary Norris (2019)

Auckland Writers Festival

Mary Norris’ New York Times bestseller Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen gives an account of the author’s years in The New Yorker’s copy department. Now she returns with Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, a witty romp around language, love, and the crystalline Greek coast, along which she adventured. She speaks with Adam Dudding.Supported by Platinum Bold Patrons Josephine & Ross Green.

48mins

27 May 2019

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78: Mary Norris with Edward Wolcher: "Greek to Me" Adventures of the Comma Queen

Town Hall Seattle Arts & Culture Series

Few of us are aware of the extent to which the Greek language has influenced English. Fortunately, lauded New Yorker writer Mary Norris has a passion for all things Greek. She joined us to share excerpts from her book Greek to Me, drawing on a lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. In conversation with Town Hall’s own Curator of Lectures, Edward Wolcher, Norris explained how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, recounts her search for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and revealed the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Join Norris for a linguaphile’s fresh take on Greece—and on the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own. Mary Norris (aka the Comma Queen) is the author of Greek to Me and the New York Times bestsellerBetween You & Me, an account of her years in The New Yorker copy department, where she has been a contributor since 1978. Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle on May 1, 2019. 

59mins

7 May 2019

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At Length with Mary Norris, author of "Greek To Me: Adventures of The Comma Queen

At length with Steve Scher. - The House of Podcasts

After a career of carefully editing so many accomplished writers, language and punctuation remain a joy to Marry Norris, renowned New Yorker Copy Editor. Her first book, “Between You and Me: Confessions of AComma Queen,”was nominated for a Thurber Prize for American Humor.In her follow up,“Greek To Me: Adventures of The Comma Queen,” Norris shares her love for the Greek language, culture and land.

20 Apr 2019

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32. Cherríe Moraga, Mary Norris and ChrisTiana ObeySumner

In The Moment podcast

Correspondent Valerie Curtis Newton talks with Cherríe Moraga about the way physical memory goes along with generational trauma, and the way her writing connects people with family and community (4:40). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher sits down with New Yorker columnist Mary Norris for a deep dive into the Greek alphabet and her trip to the Aegean (17:10). Host Jini Palmer talks with ChrisTiana ObeySumner about what reparations could look like in the modern world, and about the importance of continued progress towards racial and social equity (26:20). Get an insider's look and stay in the know about what's going on in this moment at Town Hall. 

36mins

18 Apr 2019

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Mary Norris | Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Free Library Podcast

''A rollicking adventure into the origins of the apostrophe, the proliferation of profanity in American culture, and everything in between'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Mary Norris's bestselling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen was a raucous, cheery memoir about grammar, usage, and practical life advice gleaned from her three decades in The New Yorker's venerable and notoriously fastidious copy department. Her latest book is another paean to language and expression. In Greek to Me, Norris celebrates all things Greek-words, gods, wine, and waiters-as she offers a hot take on the distant but oddly familiar language that helped beget our own. (recorded 4/15/2019)

49mins

16 Apr 2019

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39: Mary Norris, What Ancient Greece Can Teach You About Today

MentorBox Podcast

We don’t ever think Ancient Greece can help us. But what if those epic novels and thousand-page philosophy reads were distilled into a more digestible read? What if you could boil down the robust history and narrative into a more simpler story of personal interest? The takeaways are eerily potent despite the thousands of years separating us from these tales.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

26 Mar 2018

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Mary Norris on Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Shakespeare and Company

Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to Shakespeare and Company.

1hr 2mins

3 Nov 2016

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