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***Update: One of the consequences of closing our doors during the pandemic is we’re no longer getting new notes on our public typewriter. Yet, now more than ever, I want to read the notes our customers often left behind: Notes of love, loss, introspection, hope, and, yes, the occasional fart joke. I feel like we all need an anonymous outlet during these unsettling times.
When I lamented this to Oliver Uberti, co-editor of our book Notes from a Public Typewriter, he said, “I have an idea.” He called up his brother Justin, a software engineer at Google, and a few weeks later, voila!—a virtual typewriter complete with clicks, clacks, and a carriage return! The world’s smallest publishing house is once again accepting submissions at publictypewriter.com. We'd love if you left a note behind.***
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, we've had thousands of people leave all kinds of notes on our public typewriter. In 2018, I was pleased to publish a collection of our favorite notes, stories, and photographs into book-form called Notes From A Public Typewriter, published by Grand Central Publishing (U.S. & Can) and Scribe (U.K., Australia, New Zealand). Oliver and I spent over a year working on this project. It is our ode to this community of book lovers who have supported Literati Bookstore and the written word. We sincerely hope you enjoy this book.
Click here to listen to an interview on Michigan Radio about the book. And here is an interview on NBC News. And, last but certainly not least, I am extremely pleased to announce that Notes from a Public Typewriter has been selected as a 2019 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan! I am thrilled these notes will live on in book-form on people's bookshelves, both in Ann Arbor and across the world.
Yours in bookselling,
Co-editor, NOTES // Owner, Literati Bookstore