Author Night at the Ashland Branch Library features Edwin Battistella, author of "Do You Make These Mistakes in English?: The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School," on Monday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Author Night at the Ashland Branch Library features Edwin Battistella, author of "Do You Make These Mistakes in English?: The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School," on Monday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Linguist Edwin Battistella will share the story of Sherwin Cody and his famous mail-order English course, situating both the man and the course in early 20th century cultural history. Cody's ubiquitous signature advertisement, which ran for more than 40 years, promised a scientifically tested invention that improved speaking and writing in just 15 minutes a day.

Cody's ad explained that people are judged by their English, and he offered self-improvement and self-confidence through the mail.

Author Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For more information call 774-6996.