Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks is now available to order from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Indiebound and Powell’s.* If you’re still on the fence as to whether to buy the book, you can now take a look at a few sample pages over at W. W. Norton’s account on Medium. Perhaps Judith Abbate’s excellent typography or Jason Booher’s vibrant cover will sway you!
This is a quite a day for me, and and there are lots of people to thank for helping to make it happen. Thank you all for reading and commenting on Shady Characters over the years; thank you to my agent, Laurie Abkemeier, and to Brendan Curry et al at W. W. Norton, for shepherding me through the processes of writing and publication; thank you to Jeff Sanders for early encouragement and editing; and most of all, thank you to my lovely wife Leigh for being so supportive. Not coincidentally, today is National Punctuation Day, so in honour of that esteemed holiday, I’ll finish by saying: may your clauses be crisp and your punctuation judicious.
- Stay strong, UK readers; your time will come. It will come on Thursday, in fact. ↩