Your question is answered here, and it's (most likely) coming to a bookstore near you.
So if you want to walk away with a prize from the American Heritage Dictionaries (and have the vocabulary-chops to do so) I'd call your favorite local bookstore and ask them to participate sometime during National American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon Week. It has to happen during the official week for you to get a prize … otherwise you'll just get a certificate [PDF] and the joy of winning.
Has anyone participated in one of these yet? I really want to see one. I guess I'd be disqualified from entering, though. 🙂
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Erin,How can we find out if/when one is happening in our city? Sounds like it would be fun.
I have not participated, but I would if I could find out about a local one… (Spoken as someone who really misses being in spelling bees.)
Erin, if you hear of one in Chicago, will you tell me? (Posting here will work—you’re in my RSS reader.)
The American Heritage publicist came through … here’s a list!Here is a list of DEFINE-A-THONs in YOUR AREA! If you don’t see one near you – talk to your local bookstore and ask them to have their own DEFINE-A-THON. They can get all the information they need at http://www.defineathon.comLos Angeles, CAVroman’s, September 29St. Louis, MOThe St. Louis Big Read, October 6 at 12 p.m. – with AHD lexicographer Steve Kleinedler!Durham, NCRegulator Books (Durham, NC), October 8New Bremen, OHNew Bremen Coffee Co and Books, October 8Portland, ORBroadway Books, October 9 at 7 p.m.Cambridge, MAPorter Square Books, October 10 – with AHD lexicographer Steve Kleinedler!Manchester Center, VTNorthshire Books, October 10Brooklyn, NYWord Books, October 10Bucksport, MEBookStacks, October 11, 6:30Lake Forest, WAThird Place Books, October 13Ottawa, ILBook Mouse, October 13San Francisco, CABook’s Inc (2251 Chestnut St), October 11 at 7:30 p.m.Minneapolis, MNMagers and Quinn, October 13, 7 p.m.Boston, MABoston Public Library, October 16 – with AHD lexicographer Steve Kleinedler!Salt Lake City, UTGreat Salt Lake Book Festival, October 24 – with AHD lexicographer Steve Kleinedler!Dover, DEDelaware Book Festival, November 3 – with AHD lexicographer Steve Kleinedler!Austin, TXTexas Book Festival, November 4 – with AHD lexicographer Steve Kleinedler!Pittsboro, NCMcIntyre’s Fine Books & Bookends, November 15
I just received a call from Third Place Books about the October 13th event in Lake Forest Park, WA.It’s cancelled. Lack of participants.