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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Erin McKean  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1971

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Ms. McKean lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Erin McKean likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She is the founder of ''Wordnik.com''. She was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e, and is the author of ''Weird and Wonderful Words'', ''More Weird and Wonderful Words'', ''Totally Weird and Wonderful Words'', and ''That's Amore'' (also about words). Her first novel, ''The Secret Lives of Dresses'', was published by GrandCentral/5Spot in February 2011. Her newest book is ''The Hundred Dresses'', a nonfiction field guide to dress archetypes was published in the summer of 2013. She recently moved from Chicago to the Bay Area, rants about dresses on her blog (A Dress A Day), and she's actually really bad at Scrabble (but surprisingly good at roller-skating).


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