March 5, 2017 - 2:00pm
Prairie Lights

Edward McClelland will talk about How to Speak Midwestern, his witty and informative guide to the speech patterns of the people in the flyover states. This book explains not only what Midwesterners say but also how and why they say it and covers such topics as: the causes of the Northern cities vowel shift, why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that's a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. 

"Learning to speak Midwestern: Can there be any more urgent national task? . . . Unto the breach steps Edward McClelland’s How to Speak Midwestern, a dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance. " —The New York Times

Edward McClelland is a journalist whose writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Salon. He is the author of Nothin' But Blue Skies and Young Mr. Obama. He lives in Chicago.