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Calvin Trillin

Columnist & Humorist


Calvin Trillin has been called "perhaps the finest reporter in America." His wry commentary on the American scene and his books chronicling his adventures as a "happy eater" have earned him renown as a classic American humorist. He is the author of Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Election in Rhyme and Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.

Trillin has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963 and has written a piece of comic verse every week for The Nation since 1990. His books have included three comic novels - including the national bestseller Tepper Isn't Going Out - a collection of short stories, a travel book, and an account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. Three of his books on eating - American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; and Third Helpings - were compiled in 1994 into a single volume called The Tummy Trilogy. His About Alice - a 2007 New York Times bestseller that was hailed as "a miniature masterpiece" - followed two other best-selling memoirs, Remembering Denny and Messages from My Father. He also published the New York Times bestsellers Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme and its sequel, A Heckuva Job.

Calvin Trillin lectures widely and has appeared often as a guest on television. He has written and presented two one-man shows at the American Place Theater in New York, both of which sold out and were critically acclaimed.

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The Lingo of Languages

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