When: Sun., Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m. 2017
Eastwind Books welcomes Thomas S. Mullaney for a discussion on the history of the Chinese typewriter. Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other systems developed with the Latin alphabet in mind. This book is about those encounters -- in particular thousands of Chinese characters versus the typewriter and its QWERTY keyboard.