Praise for T Campbell’s On Crosswords
VIRGINIA BEACH- T Campbell’s new book, On Crosswords, due out in June of 2013, is a full-fledged look at the world of crosswords top to bottom. It covers the history and development and is complete with examples and explanations of how they work, why they work, and is rich with the characters who developed this artform.
“T is not some guy who decided to write about crosswords,” says publisher John Koehler. “He’s the real deal. He designs crosswords. He finishes them. He loves them. His intelligent tongue-in-cheek style and opinions are insightful and fun. He’s well known in the field and his work in this book is already well received by his peers, including Will Shortz. Nothing quite like this book has ever been done, and we are very excited about the prospects.”
—Will Shortz, the New York Times crossword editor
“It’s a remarkable manuscript that was a pleasure to browse (and to read carefully, in many parts)… It really is the most comprehensive rumination on many crosswords topics that I’ve ever come across, and historically rich as well.”
–Benjamin Tausig, creator of Ink Well and editor of the Onion Av Club crosswords
“I very much enjoyed reading this – an impressive and thorough overview of the state of the art, and meticulously documented. It’ll be a great resource to refer to!”
–Elizabeth Gorski, the New York Times’ most-published creator of Sunday crosswords
On Crosswords covers three major, interrelated topics: crossword history, kinds of crosswords and how crosswords relate to everything else. “Everything else” includes a breathtaking range of topics: marriage proposals, national politics, software development, counterespionage, typography and racism are just some of the high points. Readers will meet the personalities who have made the art form what it is today, and discover the many subspecies of crossword, each with its own personality. And they will walk away with the most complete understanding of the form that any single book can give.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T Campbell is the author of the world’s largest “New York Times-standard” crossword puzzle, as well as the sci-fi crossword collection Crossworlds and various puzzles in anthologies edited by the nationally syndicated Peter Gordon and Benjamin Tausig. An award-winning editor and author of nine graphic novels, Campbell does the Times crossword every Sunday.