Mignon Fogarty (aka “ Grammar Girl”) is a former professor of journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the founder and managing director of the entertaining and informative podcast, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, which promotes the proper use of the English language and was named one of the best podcasts of 2007 by iTunes. Just like the people bringing you Reno Pop Culture Con, Mignon believes that learning should fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. She strives to be a friendly guide in the writing world, and her archenemy is the evil Grammar Maven, who inspires terror in the untrained and is neither friendly nor helpful.
A magazine writer, technical writer and entrepreneur, Mignon has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science websites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in Biology from Stanford University. Mignon’s first audiobook, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing, was named one of the top five audiobooks of 2007 by iTunes, and in July 2008, she released her first paperback book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. In August 2008, the book reached number nine on the New York Times Best Seller List, in March 2009, the audiobook version was nominated for a 2009 Audie Award, and in July 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine listed the audiobook as one of its "must-hear audiobooks". Her second book, The Grammar Devotional, was published by Holt in 2009, and the follow-up was released in July 2011, Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students and was named a Teachers' Choice book by the International Reading Association. Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again was a Washington Post bestseller the week of July 31, 2011.