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Grammar Table with Ellen Jovin

Saturday, September 23, 2023 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Drop by anytime 12:00 to 4:00 PM on September 23 to talk grammar with expert and author Ellen Jovin!

One day in 2018, Ellen Jovin decided she wanted to answer grammar questions on the streets of New York City. Some weeks later, she walked outside her Upper West Side apartment building, unfolded a table next to an express subway stop, and put up a sign reading “Grammar Table.” The questions began immediately and have been flowing in ever since! Commas, possessives, past participles, prepositions, appositives, spousal disputes, workplace wrangling, dialect differences—Ellen happily tackles it all at her traveling pop-up grammar advice stand. She has now popped up in all 50 US states and talked about language with thousands of strangers from all over the country and world. On September 23, she and her Grammar Table will be popping up at the New York Society Library for a second time, and she would welcome your visit. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about her project, please visit the Grammar Table website.

Ellen Jovin is a grammar and language expert whose latest book, Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian (HarperCollins), is a national bestseller. Her traveling Grammar Table has received global media attention: CBS national news, NPR, the BBC, Rachael Ray, Voice of America, and The New York Times. Ellen has written several other books on writing and grammar and is a co-founder of Syntaxis, a communication skills training firm whose clients include many multinational corporations. Ellen has also studied 25+ languages for fun, testing hundreds of language-learning products along the way. She has a B.A. in German studies from Harvard College and an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA.