Notes From A Public Typewriter

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A 2019 Michigan Notable Book
Featured on NBC News and NPR's All Things Considered

"This is a delightfully quirky, heart-warming celebration of the 'messy, smudgy, imperfect beauty' of a past analogue era of ink, paper and mechanical keys. " —The Guardian

"In new book, Ann Arbor bookstore's public typewriter a source of wit and wisdom." —NPR's Michigan Radio

"Some of the serious passages are deeply affecting — misspellings, iffy punctuation and all — and give this little book much of its surprising emotional punch." —The Detroit News


Dear reader,

On Literati Bookstore's lower level, we leave out a typewriter that anyone can type on. There are no editors, no agents. Just a blank page, and you.

Over the years, thousands of people have left notes on our public typewriter. In 2018, we published a collection of our favorite notes, stories, and photographs into a book, Notes From A Public Typewriter. It is our ode to those who have supported Literati Bookstore and the written word. 

Click here to listen to an interview on Michigan Radio; or here, on NBC News. Last but certainly not least, Notes from a Public Typewriter was selected as a 2019 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan! I am thrilled these notes can live people's bookshelves, both in Ann Arbor and across the world. 

Yours in bookselling,

Mike Gustafson

Co-editor, NOTES // Owner, Literati Bookstore

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Notes from a Public Typewriter By Michael Gustafson (Editor), Oliver Uberti (Editor) Cover Image
By Michael Gustafson (Editor), Oliver Uberti (Editor)
ISBN: 9781538729113
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 27th, 2018