Charles Harrington Elster is a writer, broadcaster, and logophile — a lover of words.
His books include Tooth and Nail and Test of Time, vocabulary-building novels for high school students preparing to take the college entrance exams; There’s a Word for It, a lighthearted look at unusual — and unusually useful — words; What in the Word? The Accidents of Style: Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly; and The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, which the late William Safire of The New York Times hailed as "the best survey of the spoken field in years." Charlie has been talking about language on the radio since 1985. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered and been a guest on hundreds of radio shows around the country. He is currently a guest on the Mandy Connell Show on 850 KOA-AM Denver the third Thursday of each month (please check the Events page for more details).
In 1998 he cofounded A Way with Words, a weekly public radio talk show on language, and cohosted it until 2004. Charlie is also a voice talent with 30 years of audio narration experience. Charlie was born in Queens, New York, in 1957 and was educated in the New York City public schools, at Buxton School in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and at Yale, where he earned a B.A. cum laude in 1981. He lives in San Diego, California.
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