Fun at our wine and cheese party – Bhavana Gopinath


We had a grand time at our wine and cheese party on November 18. The highlight of the evening was Tom Vradenburg’s “Editors’ Challenge”. In the first part of the quiz, Tom showed us some quotes, and we were to match the person to the quote. In the second part,  Tom provided some quotes and biographical details about famous editors and challenged us to  identify them. The editors included Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Smart, Harold Ross, Robertson Davies, William Lyon Mackenzie, Robert Fulford, Thomas Bowdler, George Brown, Robert Weaver and Samuel Johnson. Interesting challenges indeed! We had two first place winners:   Gillian Scobie and John Gillmore. Congratulations to both!

If you missed the party, here’s a small sample from Tom’s quiz:

Match the person and the quote:

  1. Write drunk, edit sober.
  1. You can’t read writin’ if it’s written rotten.
  1. The essence of writing is rewriting.
  1. Learn to write well, or not to write at all.
  1. Fine writing is next to fine doing, the top thing in the world.
  1. Why not (pay me more than the President)? I had a better year.
  1. When you get to a fork in the road, take it.
  1. That place has become so popular, nobody goes there anymore.
  1. You can observe a lot by watching.
  1. Our similarities are different.


Your choices are:

a) Charlie Farquharson

b) John Keats

c) John Dryden

d) Ernest Hemingway

e) William Zinsser

f) Yogi Berra

g) Dale Berra

h) Yogi Berra

j) Babe Ruth

k) Yogi Berra

And here is the answer key: 1.d, 2.a, 3.e, 4.c, 5.b, 6.i, 7. Yogi, 8. Yogi, 9. Yogi, 10.g.

Editors’ favourite references

Editors shared their favourite references, both paper and online, at March’s meeting of EAC NCR.

Afterwards, Dennis York passed along this list of some of his faves. These are not in alphabetical order, and in no particular citation style!

  • The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, by Amy Einsohn, University of California Press.
  • Guidelines for Report Writing, by Ron Blicq and Lisa Moretto, Prentice Hall Canada.
  • The Little, Brown Handbook (Canadian Edition), by H. Ramsay Fowler, Jane E. Aaron and Murray McArthur Addison Wesley Longman.
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King, Scribner.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association.
  • The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press.
  • Editing Canadian English, Macfarlane Walter & Ross.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press.
  • The New York Public Library Guide to Style and Usage, HarperCollins.
  • The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing, by the Department of the Secretary of State of Canada, Dundurn Press Limited. Also online at the federal Translation Bureau’s site:

On his own site, Dennis lists some more online resources:

Stay tuned for more on social media from NCR’s April meeting, and other news.

—Tom Vradenburg, NCR Chair