Dictionary Stories

May 3, 2018 @ 7 p.m. in San Francisco

When you give a designer a dictionary, beautiful things happen. We are thrilled to welcome Jez Burrows to the Designers + Geeks stage for a special event celebrating his latest work, Dictionary Stories

About the book

Spend enough time reading the dictionary and you might begin to notice a strange phenomenon: thousands of oddly conspicuous italicized sentences, all of which read like tiny pieces of fiction that got lost and wandered into the wrong book. Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings is a collection of very short stories, each composed entirely of these curious excerpts, otherwise known as example sentences.

Organised alphabetically by theme from the everyday (dating, family, jealousy, memory) to the extraordinary (the apocalypse, fantasies, murder, the occult), and illustrated in glorious technicolour black and yellow, Dictionary Stories is a giddy celebration of the wild, elastic potential of language. Noir thrillers, fantasy epics, love stories, horror stories, eulogies, recipes, and drawing room murder mysteries—each one a miniature literary remix of unlikely parts hidden in plain sight, created by flipping through the dictionary and knowing where to stop.

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Jez Burrows

Author of Dictionary Stories

Jez Burrows is a British designer, illustrator, and writer. He is the author of Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings (Harper Perennial, 2018) and his writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Smith Journal, and It's Nice That. As an illustrator he has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, WNYC, Cards Against Humanity, and others. He grew up on a farm in Devon, studied graphic design at the University of Brighton, and now lives in San Francisco.