Friday, October 10 at 7pm

BookPeople Presents

Songwriter, Author,
& Indie Legend

in conversation with

about Merritt's new book,
101 Two-Letter Words

Grand pianos will crash together as BookPeople welcomes musician Stephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields, The Gothic Archies, The 6ths, etc.) to read from his book 101 Two-Letter Words (illustrated by Roz Chast!). We are beside ourselves with all the emotions (especially the happy ones) to be spending an evening with Stephin Merritt as he reads his 101 little words, talks with one of our favorite local authors, Austin Kleon (Steal Like An Artist; Show Your Work) and signs copies of his new book.


The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public. 

Tickets are required to join the signing line at this event & only available with the purchase of a copy of Peter, 101 Two-Letter Words from BookPeople.

Books & tickets are available for pre-order. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate "ticket" item to add to your cart. 

If you cannot make it to the event, you can order a signed copy. Add the book to your cart and write "SIGNED COPY" in the comments field during checkout. We ship all over the world!

101 TWO-LETTER WORDS: Rolling Stone has called singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields the Cole Porter of his generation; O, The Oprah Magazine has hailed cartoonist Roz Chast as the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker's. Together they have crafted a wonderfully witty book that is sure to prove useful to Scrabble players and Words With Friends addicts and to delight anyone in thrall to the weirder corners of the English language.

With the mordant wit and clever wordplay of Edward Gorey or Shel Silverstein, Stephin Merritt has written an original four-line rhyming poem for each of the 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Here are poems about familiar words (such as at, go, hi, no, and up) as well as obscure ones (such as aa, ka, oe, qi, xu). And every one of the 101 poems is accompanied by a full-color illustration by the incomparable cartoonist Roz Chast.

With the Magnetic Fields, STEPHIN MERRITT has recorded ten albums, including 69 Love Songs, named one of the 500 best albums by Rolling Stone. ROZ CHAST has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1978. Her cartoons have been collected in What I Hate, Theories of Everything, and The Party After You Left. She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter Z, the best-selling children s book by Steve Martin. Her most recent book is Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a memoir about her parents.

In order to have anything signed at a BookPeople event, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. If you purchase your book from BookPeople in advance of the event, please save your receipt and present it at the event.

Thank you for supporting Stephin Merritt & your local independent bookstore!

Event date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
101 Two-Letter Words Cover Image
By Stephin Merritt, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780393240191
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 29th, 2014

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