Therese came up with a great idea for a posting–pronouncing tricky author’s names. She mentioned a couple to start with: John Lescroart, which is unexpectedly pronounced “less-qwah”, and Jodi Picoult, pronounced ‘Pee-KOE’, like the tea – per her website. My favorite author name pronunciation mnemonic is for Jon Scieszka–it rhymes with “Fresca”!
If you’re looking for author pronunciations straight from the author themself, check out Teachingbooks.net Author Pronunciation Guide. It’s a compilation of authors introducing themselves, and pronouncing their names.
Any names in particular that stump you, or that you hesitate every time you have to say them to a patron? (Carol J.)