Humorist Roy Blount Jr. coming to Columbus

Humorist Roy Blount Jr., an author and columnist who's regularly on National Public Radio's Saturday show "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and frequently is a guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," will speak at the Columbus Public Library at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1.

The author of 21 books, Blount will have a book signing after he speaks.

His most recent book is "Alphabet Juice," described as "a sharp and witty look at language." Other books include "About Three Bricks Shy...And the Load Filled Up," about spending a year with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s. Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post called it one of the best sports books ever.

Blount is president of the Authors Guild and a consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary. His writing has been published in Esquire, the New York Times and Atlanta magazine. For the Oxford American, he writes a column called “Gone Off Up North."

Born in Indianapolis and raised in Decatur, Ga., Blount lives in Massachusetts.