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To celebrate the bicentennial of America’s first dictionary, Merriam-Webster is conducting a year-long nationwide speaking tour entitled Dictionaries and Democracy: 200 Years of Dictionary Making in America, hosted by the company’s president and publisher, John M. Morse. In addition, Merriam-Webster’s Spell-a-Thon, spelling bees for teams or individuals encompassing three different skill levels (junior for ages 8-10, intermediate for ages 11-14, and adult for ages 15 and up), will take place throughout the year in various schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country.

For more information on these events, please contact your account representative or Arthur Bicknell, Senior Publicist, at (413) 734-3134 ext. 119 or by e-mail: abicknell@Merriam-Webster.com.
AUTHOR EVENTS:
Date: Location: Time:
5/7/06 Join Quail Ridge Books & Music at Cameron Village Library 1930 Clark Ave. Raleigh, NC 2:00 PM
7/7/06 Northshire Bookstore 4869 Main St. Manchester Center, VT 7:00 PM
9/27/06 Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue 2526 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 7:30 PM
10/12/06 Jones Library 43 Amity Street Amherst, MA 7:00 PM
10/17/06 Clark College Student Center in Gaiser Hall 1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd. Vancouver, WA 12:00 PM
10/19/06 Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park, WA 7:00 PM
11/8/06 Join Prairie Lights Bookstore and The Iowa City Public Library 123 S. Linn Street Iowa City, IA 2:00 PM
11/9/06 University of Kansas at Kansas Union Building Lawrence, KS 7:30pm
SPELLING BEE EVENTS:
Date: Location: Time:
5/20/06 Changing Hands Bookstore 6428 S. McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ TBA
7/27/06 The Emily Williston Memorial Library 9 Park Street Easthampton, MA 6:30 PM
8/26/06 Vromanís Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA TBA
10/22/06 Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park, WA 3:00 PM
TBA Lift Bridge Book Shop 45 Main Street Brockport, NY 14420 TBA
TBA Northshire Bookstore 4869 Main Street Manchester Center, VT TBA
TBA National Book Store TBA