Join public radio’s lively show about language for a fantastic evening! Slang, dialect, etymology, language change, new words, and a whole lot more. Martha and Grant will explore the amazing oddities of English, from the very old to the very new — plus host a language Q&A where you can find out what you’ve always wanted to know. You’ll come away enlightened and inspired!
- July 11, 6:30-8:30pm. Martha and Grant in conversation with Joe Guerin, KPBS News Editor, San Diego, California. SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Space is limited and RSVP is required. KPBS Producer’s Club.
- August 24, San Diego Festival of Books, see Grant on a panel.
- September 5, 1 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah. Martha will be the keynote speaker at GardenComm, a big annual gardening convention.
- September 24, Word by Word, the radio show’s big annual fundraising gala, hosted by the Friends of A Way with Words in San Diego. Dinner, honorees, Martha and Grant doing what they do, a live auction, and more, including special guest quiz guy John Chaneski serving as emcee. Tickets and info. This event is special!
- November 6, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla, California. Open to all. Tickets will soon be available.
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Are you an organization interested in booking Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett? Call (619) 567-9673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. You may also contact their tour agent, Josh Lindgren at CAA, (424) 288-2000, ext. 2726, or email@example.com.
“Words Alive could not have chosen a more perfect team in Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett to emcee our Annual Authors’ Luncheon. Held every year as the centerpiece event of our organization, the luncheon celebrates literacy, Words Alive’s role in the community, and its supporters. Few speakers have been able to connect their message to Words Alive’s audience in a more passionate, impactful way as Martha and Grant. We’re truly grateful for their participation – and are convinced that their participation played a significant role in making the event a major success!” — Patrick Stewart, Executive Director, Words Alive literacy organization, San Diego, California
“Speaking from my experience, you’ll love their presentations and the opportunity to ask them direct questions during the question and answer period at the end of their presentations. You’ll be able to personally explore with them expressions/words specific to your region/city or to ask about those ‘fabled’ family expressions. Maybe you can even stump them, although I doubt it! Don’t miss it!” — Barbara Alexander, San Antonio, Texas
- Language change and new words
- Word histories, etymology, and word origins
- Regional dialects and language differences
- Language differences across eras and generations
- Slang, youth language, and what’s new with it
- Language diversity: why we don’t all speak alike, never have, never will, and why that’s just fine
- The reading life: books, libraries, and learning
- Taboo, naughty, and forbidden language
- Anything-goes Q&A
- Lively presentations/lectures/speeches
- Emceeing and hosting
- Schools (we have a killer slang presentation!)
- Corporate events (Martha’s diversity talk is in high demand)
- Professional conferences
- Panels (as moderator)
- Formal interviews (as interviewer)
- Academic conferences (as plenary speakers)
- Commencement addresses
- Charity dinners
- Awards presentations
- The general public
- Your clients
- Your donors
- Corporate staff
- Professional staff
- College students
- High school students
- K-12 assemblies
- Church groups
- Business fraternities
- Youth groups
For more information on what Martha and Grant can do:
- Wayword, Inc., the nonprofit on whose behalf Martha and Grant appear, is paid a fee for their public appearances.
- Expenses, including accommodations, airfare, transportation, and other incidentals, are covered by the client organization.
- Martha and Grant fly out of San Diego.