You know the one friend who loves to read, yes, but loves even more to own books? Yeah, I’m that friend. I have a copy of nearly every book I’ve ever worked on, and often I have two copies of a book if I really loved it. Here’s the gift guide for that friend. (Also be sure to check out our gift guides for readers, writers, and editors.)
To Kill a Mockingbird collectible edition | $23
Every month, the Chicago Manual of Style folks answer questions they’ve received. Following are a couple excerpts from the Q&A of December 2016. To read the full month’s Q&A, visit www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.html.
Q. I’m wondering how to style a webinar series name and the title of an episode in that series. Should the series name be italicized and the episode title be in quotes?
A. CMOS is silent, but your suggestion is one possibility. Or you could make the series title roman like book series titles and titles of academic courses.
Q. A sentence in a manuscript: In a landmark collection of essays, The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare’s Two Versions of “King Lear,” a range of scholars made the case . . . The book title is of course in italics—but then how does one treat that comma after Lear, and then the quote mark after the comma? Would the comma be in roman, and then the quote mark in italics?
A. This situation is a sticky wicket. The quotation marks must be italic, since they are both part of an italic book title. But the comma doesn’t belong to the title. According to Chicago’s preference for putting punctuation into the same font as the “surrounding text” (6.5), the comma would be roman. But this comma is “surrounded” by italics! If only we could use “logical punctuation,” whereby the comma would go outside the quotation marks, to render the issue moot. But that would be un-American. Editors here disagree on the best solution, so style the comma as you wish with the hope that its tiny size will allow readers to ignore it.
If the editors in your life are anything like us, they won’t say what they want for the holidays. That’s ok. Just buy this stuff. (Also be sure to check out our gift guide for readers and gift guide for writers!)
Coffee into Books mug | $13
More Badder Grammar! | $9
Pilot Precise V5 pen set | $12
Grammar owl t-shirt | $25
Struggling to find an original gift for the readers in your life other than books they might already own? Here are some ideas guaranteed to satisfy even the most voracious of readers. (Be sure to check out our gift guide for writers, too!)
Old Books candle | $18
Floating Book Shelf | $15
Library Card Socks (Uncommon Goods) | $10
The holidays are fast approaching. Pretty soon that writer friend of yours will hand you a small gift and you will hand her back . . . what? Need some ideas? Fear not, Inkblot has you covered! Here are our favorite gift ideas for the writers in your life.
Pilot fountain pen | $13
A digitized Mod Notebook | $25
Story Cubes | $10