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Giveaway – A Signed Copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Time’s up! The winner of this book is Amy, commenter #53! I know the numbering of the comments doesn’t show up now that closed comments, but I kept track! Congratulations, Amy! I’ve emailed you for your mailing address. ๐Ÿ˜€

My friend and I got to go see Annie Barrows at one of our local book stores. We got there an hour early, put our sweaters down on two seats in the middle of the front row, and went and grabbed a bite to eat. I was really excited as I’ve heard so many good things about this book.

But then we got back to the book store.

And I look out into an almost-filled seating area (they’d set up for 80 people), and all I see is gray hair, as far as the eye could see. And I was like, EFF THIS! You mean I’m here for a GRANNY BOOK? No one told me you had to be over the age of OLDER THAN DIRT to like this book. Seriously, you think I’m exaggering? I’m 29, and I had at least, AT LEAST, AT LEAST 30 years on everyone there. Except my friend. But still.

I thought, No, my book blogging friends wouldn’t dare to steer me wrong! (sorry if I missed your review) Surely the young(er) readers in my area just don’t know what they’re missing!

My peeps (YOU!) did not let me down…while I haven’t read it yet,ย Ms. Barrows was so charming and personable and fun to listen to, that despite the other books I have to read, I’ll be plunging into this forthwith. Edited to add: I have read the book and I’ll be posting about it soon!

All that aside, I bought a copy to give away to you, my wonderful friends, and I even had Ms. Barrows sign it. No gently read copies for you! No paperback ARCs for you! Only the best for you!

Here’s how you can enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me whether or not you’ve ever been much of a letter writer.ย That will get you one entry. Anyone who doesnโ€™tย  do this will not be entered!
  • To get three more entries, post about this on your blog with a link back to this post.
  • If you donโ€™t have a blog, email five friends telling them about this giveaway and cc me on the email so I know youโ€™ve sent it. This will get you three more entries. If you have a blog and still want to email five friends, be my guest.

The whole wide world can enter, but if you win and you live outside of the US and Canada, please understand I will send this book the cheapest way possible. Meaning it’ll get on a donkey, reach the ocean, where it will then end up on a fish, which will deliver it to a whale, which will take it to the shore closest to you, so that some mangy mutt can grab it and deliver it to you, only for you to find that the mangy mutt won’t give it up without exchanging it for a little bit of meat. So beware.

Winner will be notified via email. Contest will closeย at 11:59pm Pacific time onย November 15, 2008. Good luck!

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72 Responses to “Giveaway – A Signed Copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

  1. micaela6955 (michele p.)

    ok, ok, while I confess I am not one of those totally grey haired ladies just yet (shhh, I cover’em up with my highlights!) I AM old school and love to write letters. While I love email, nothing beats the thrill of opening the mailbox and getting a nice hand written letter or card every now and then-even if just for special occasions. Oh, I can say I am a letter writer, won’t tell ya how many times I got busted passing notes in school… (and the humiliation of having them read out LOUD in front of the class) but that was the late 70’s early 80’s-now all the teens like my son just TEXT each other!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com


  2. Katherine

    No need to enter me; I’v already read and reviwed the book here. I love this book!


  3. Katherine

    Ooops, did my comment end up as spam? Then a link to my review of this book can be found by clicking on my name.


  4. Natasha @ Maw Books

    That sounds exactly like when I went to see David Ebershoff. I’m 29 as well and I was the youngest by far in the crowd! I felt so out of place!! I’d love to win this book, I have it on hold at the library but I’m like #100. As far as letter writing, I’m awful, awful, awful. I used to pass notes in school a lot but that’s about it.


  5. fyreflybooks

    The last time I wrote letters was the year after college, when I was having a depressed, lonely time, and one night decided that I was going to write all of my college friends a letter telling them how much they meant to me. Stayed up most of the night, sent them off the next morning, felt better, and haven’t mailed a letter since.


  6. wordlily

    I don’t write many letters. Well, my husband and I craft a letter that goes out to hundreds of people we know about 4 times a year, but I don’t write many personal, handwritten letters.


  7. Ti

    I am not a true letter writer. I write tons of emails instead. I love getting a hand written letter though but I swear, I type so much that my hands have forgotten how to write.

    I posted this giveaway on my blog:


  8. seek and read

    I write letters to my brother. Actually, he writes the letters and I read them. The envelopes I get from him are thick packets with pages and pages of scratchy musings. I’ve saved every one of them.


  9. raych

    I HAVE HEARD NOTHING BUT ALL-CAPS ABOUT THIS BOOK! I need to win it, because I’m, like, 199th on the wait-list at the library, and I’m going to MOVE before it gets to me, and have to put my name on a NEW wait-list at a NEW library. Schnoo.

    Ok, I used to letter-write HARD when I was, like, 16. This was before email. Not only did I letter-write, but I made copies of all the letters I wrote so that I could remember what I’d said. I KNOW!

    You’d think that’d transfer over into emailing, but no. Emailing is too immediate, and if I write someone a long, heartfelt email, they’ll respond within HOURS and I’ll have to write another one. There is no time-buffer.


  10. Jena

    I used to write letters. I had tons of pen pals in high school, mostly because I wanted to know what life was like outside of my population: 1200 town. They weren’t elegant letters, but a lot of them were fun and funny. I met some wonderful people, some of whom I’m still in touch with 15 years later.

    I think one of the things that turned a friend into a romantic interest (and then into my husband) was an 8-page letter I sent him after my first night in a strange apartment in a strange city just before I started grad school.

    And I still try to write letters, but living in Canada and sending letters to my friends and family in the US is no cheap thing, so when I’m sending packages, I’ll include letters, but otherwise, I stick to e-mails.


  11. Melody

    I’m dying to read this, even though I’m far more of an emailer than a letter writer. But yes, I send a well-thought-out letter now and then, on nice paper, usually a thank you for, say, a lifetime of service or something.

    I’ve heard this book rocks. And BTW, my daughter was obsessed for a while with Annie Barrows’s Ivy and Bean books. We emailed her a fan letter and she wrote back in, like, two minutes! Very cool.


  12. writemeg

    I, too, have been dying to read this! And I’ve always been a letter-writer. My grandmother firmly believes in the “lost art” of the handwritten letter, and I owe much of my devotion to it to her! Even though she lives about five minutes from my work and I see her several times a week, we still write letters to one another weekly.

    I’d love to be entered ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!


  13. Teddy

    Before email was born, I did write letters. I was never great at the art of letter writing, but I did enjoy writing them and especially receiving them. I now prefer the instant gratification of email!

    I would loved to win this book, a must read. Here is the link to my post about your giveaway:


  14. Jen Forbus

    Hi Trish,

    I’ve heard many good things about this book as well, so I definitely have to enter. I’ve been waiting for it to come in at the library.

    Anyway, I have always been a big letter writer. I don’t write letters as much as I did before e-mail, but I do still write them. There’s just something special about a hand-written letter, isn’t there? I have a friend in Texas who I met ONCE – when she got married – we were assigned to be pen pals through our third grade classes. We still talk to this day (25 years later)…more on e-mail, but snail mail correspondance as well.

    I also wanted to mention that at several of the book signings I’ve gone to, the audience has been predominantly older than me. I don’t know if younger folks don’t value meeting the authors or if they just aren’t reading. Either way, I’ve enjoyed my time with the authors…and I’ll be going every chance I get, regardless of the audience! ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Lesa Holstine

    I have a hard time writing letters when someone writes back too promptly. My husband’s cousin doesn’t have email, but sends us letters almost weekly, and it drives me nuts. I don’t have anything to write back that soon!

    When I was a freshman in college, though, my mother wrote me a letter every day! My sisters were both at home, and she could at least tell me what they were doing in school. It must have been a major endeavor, because she didn’t do it for them, but that was a very special freshman year when I could go to the mailbox, and ALWAYS find a letter from Mom.


  16. Linda

    I consider myself a letter-writer. When my mother-in-law was alive, we exchanged letters at least once or twice a week. She saved all of my letters to her, and I now have a lovely history of what my chldren were doing at the time. Since getting a computer, about two years ago, my letter-writing has dwindled to near nothing, except at Christmas when I include personal notes on every card I mail.

    I loved the Guernsey Literary ….Society and would love to own a signed copy.


  17. Teresa

    I’ve never been much of a letter writer because I’ve always lived near the people I’d want to write to, anyway. However, I did write some letters to my college friends over the summers when I was in college because nobody had e-mail and phone calls were too expensive. Plus, several of us, myself included were working as camp counselors or doing missions projects that kept us from being able to phone.

    Now, once e-mail came along, I stopped writing hand-written letters almost entirely. The beast I can manage is a note written on a Christmas card.

    I do love epistolary novels, though. Thanks for the chance to win this one!


  18. bkclubcare

    I love to write letters! I am a Hallmark addict. I have sent weekly letters to a young friend for over 2 years (she just turned 7), have an alphabetical correspondence with another friend, have arranged letters to my nieces that were sent from every state in the US, etc. I love to send packages, too.

    Please enter me. Thank you, Care


  19. Janel

    I used to have several pen pals in high school and when my best friend went away to college we would write each other voluminous letters. That friend and I still maintain contact mostly through writing, but now it’s in emails.


  20. Debbie

    When my husband was deployed for 6 months and I was pregnant with twins, I wrote him a letter every day. Other than that, I am a terrible letter writer!


  21. Alicia

    I have to say that I am not much a letter writer, but I have no one to write to! My family all lives within a block of each other and my friends and I keep in touch via e-mail! I am so bad! But I do always send out handwritten thank you cards – does that count ๐Ÿ™‚


  22. Wanda

    Many years ago, I had a penpal from Turkey. We wrote back and forth for two years and then he was heard from no more. ๐Ÿ™

    When my youngest sister moved out of province (before either of us had internet) I’d write her long letters with all the news from home. She loved them but they made her so homesick, she moved back after only 18 months.

    I now write to a friend who is no longer my dear neighbour. We both LOVE books and she and her husband love my letters. *Please enter me into the draw, if I win I can rattle on to her about this book too…*

    I’m posting about this giveaway on my blog and adding you to my sidebar (you’re great fun to read!).


  23. anne

    I always was a letter writer. It was something that I enjoyed and loved doing. When I was younger it was the only way to communicate with family and friends. I saw my mother constantly writing and it became a habit with me as well. My mother wrote to family far away and to friends who moved. She was a primo letter writer and everyone who knew her appreciated her time and effort since she loved writing and her letters were lengthy and interesting. I loved mail, received the letters and corresponding. Now I miss it since e-mail is so quick and efficient.


  24. Elizabeth

    No letter writing here. Unless they’re thank you letters, then it’s a religious undertaking. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE the title on this book.


  25. Becca

    I am not a letter writer. My sister writes letters and sends out cards and generally makes me feel guilty that the only thing I use stamps for are bills. Iโ€™m lucky if I get Christmas cards sent out.


  26. Alexis

    When I was a child, I was a great letter writer, but now I confess that I mostly write e-mails, and as a consequence, my handwriting has become quite abysmal!


  27. Devourer of Books

    Don’t enter me, I just wanted to comment on the gray-hairs thing. I had the same experience when I went to a library to see Ariel Sabar, except I think my crowd was even older than yours. I’m just a couple of years younger than you, and I’d say that everyone there had at LEAST 40 years on me. Most of them probably had 50 years on me. I think that is just who goes to lots of the author events. Sure, there are usually some young, hip readers there, but if it is a reading, etc and not just a signing, I think it is often primarily older folks, as they tend to have more time. This changes, of course, if it is an author event that people want to take their kids to.


  28. Jeane

    I used to write lots of letters, but it’s really fizzled into nothing now. I miss that sometimes. I bust out laughing when I read your description of how slow a package will travel outside the US. Can I borrow those words someday?


  29. Jessica

    In college, I loved to write letters. This was before email was really popular. My best friend decided to travel cross country for a year and I wrote every week. The letters probably weren’t very exciting, more of a diary of what was happening with my set of friends.


  30. Stephanie

    oh, i love to write letters espeically handwritten ones. i have a bunch of beautiful stationary that I had gotten in taiwan but no one likes letters these days so there’s not a lot of people to write it to. ๐Ÿ™
    please enter me, thankss



  31. mellymel

    i go through phases…but this book made me want to start. the oldest son has begun writing to a pen pal in Africa and it makes me smile. don’t enter me. Loved it. it’s the online bookclub december selection ๐Ÿ˜‰


  32. ramya

    i am such a sucker for letters.. i kept writing letters even after the advent of emails and kept writing them until no one replied to my letters! they just sent me an email instead and i had to let go of my pen and take up the keyboard:(
    do enter me for the giveaway!:) a signed copy?? i definitely want one!:)


  33. Callista

    I’m interested in reading this after hearing everyone’s reviews. Please enter me. I’m not much of a letter writer, I don’t write, I print and I hate it. I do “write” on the computer though.

    callista83 AT cogeco DOT ca


  34. Darby Lohrding

    Oh I have so wanted to read this book…..I keep looking at getting my own copy yet it is still only out in hardback…..please enter me!!!! I do write letters, yet I’m more of a card sender than a letter writer.
    Please enter me,
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com


  35. Alyce

    I’ve read this book (checked it out from the library) but I would love to own it!

    I used to write letters a lot, especially before email. In college I still wrote to my relatives often because they didn’t have email. Once they got email I stopped writing them letters. The only person I still correspond with through the mail is my grandmother, who I should write to more often.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com


  36. jaime

    I’d love to win this! I was a voracious pen pal through high school, but I have to admit that my letter writing has diminished significantly in later years. I’m not even very good at emailing!


  37. Lauren

    This book sounds great! Please enter me.
    I love writing letters. It takes me awhile though, but it’s still a lot more special to mail a letter then email one, and the same can definitely be said for recieving a letter in the mail over recieving an email. It’s just more special!!!

    i also blogged about this:



  38. janelle

    I used to be a total letter writer back in the days before e-mail. When e-mail came into play I totally stopped writing letters. Sad, huh?

    Thanks for the giveaway, hope I win!


  39. Wrighty

    I love everything about writing letters. My sister-in-law buys me the best stationary and it’s always fun to pick out pens and markers. People are sometimes surprised that I took the time to write them a letter. Apparently not many people do that anymore.

    This is the best book! I did read the library copy and would be thrilled to have my own copy. I plan to read this again. I participated in an online bookclub in September for a month and Annie joined in the whole time posting every day. She is so awesome! We had a great time and learned a lot too.

    Please enter my name and I’ve listed this on my blog too. Thanks so much!


  40. sito

    I’ve been a letter writer since I was in grade school. In addition to my dozen or so pen pals over the years, I also wrote to everyone while I was on vacation, away at college, and every opportunity I had. I still write letters to people I don’t get to see often, and I still enjoy doing it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  41. veens

    ok I don’t mind u sending methe cheapest way possible ๐Ÿ˜€
    I just need the book; as it is been in my lust-list.

    I am putting this giveaway on my sidebar too.

    When I was younger I had a friend in school; we became really close friends in 8th standard and then when her father died; she had to leave our school and goto a faraway place.
    I religiously wrote letters to her and she wrote back; it went on for 2 years, after which I had to fly down south for my higher education and she had to get married. She married young; and I sure hope she is happy in some corner of the world. I dnt know where she is now, but i tried a lot to get to her but to no avail.

    I pray for her whenever i think of her ๐Ÿ™‚ after all she was my first pen-pal ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

    thanks for reminding me of her; we have had such fond memories, I sure hope she remembers me too ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    thanks for the giveaway!


  42. tanabata

    I really want to read this!
    I love pens and stationery and pretty paper, but I’m awful at writing letters now. I used to, when I was in my early teens, I had quite a few pen-pals. And when I first moved abroad I used to write letters to my friends and family, but nowadays it’s pretty much all email, or Christmas cards.

    I’ve added your giveaway to my post here.


  43. Amanda

    O too cool! Thanks for the chance! I’ve only ever been a letter writer to one of my friends. She is a great person who is always understanding and interested and I use her as a sort of “diary” which she loves and she writes back. She’s also my road-trip buddy where we go cool places and just gab away. Thanks!


  44. pussreboots

    I am a letter writer. I write to my grandfather at least once a month, send out cards to my friends and participate in postcrossing.


  45. Jo-Jo

    I would love a chance to read this book! I am not much of a letter writer now but I sure was when I was younger. I grew up in a rural area before the time of emails and free long distance cell phone calls. So my main communication with my friends during the summer was through the US mail! It sure was fun waiting for those letters though. I added your contest to my sidebar at


  46. Kiki

    I love this book–and while no longer a spring chicken (I just turned 40 this past summer), I am no gray haired old lady! Still naturally strawberry blonde! Anyway, while I’d love a signed copy, please give it to someone who hasn’t read this book yet–this is one of those reads that you wish you could re-read for the first time somehow again–beautiful.

    I am a letter writer and am lucky to have two aunts I correspond with, as well as my high school best friend. I love the whole pen to paper, getting the mail, all that–nothing beats it–certainly not email! My unt Annie and I have been wrtiing back and forth since I was about 6 or 7, guess we’re pen pals! And now she writes to my kids, too!

    Nothing beats reading a real book and nothing beats a real letter!


  47. Anita Yancey

    I have never been much of a letter writer, I can never think of anything to say. I guess thats why I much prefer to be a reader. At least I can really enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway.
    ayancey at dishmail dot net


  48. Lori Barnes

    I used to write letters to my friends in school which got me in a lot of trouble but a important time i used to write letters me and my mother would write letters to each other when we had a hard time talking to each other that carried over in to me writting to my daughters when i feel they won’t listen to me. Even though we have the handy computer now , i still enjoy writting my family in other states to keep in touch it seems more personal. I don’t write as much as i would if i didn’t have the computer, but still do to close family members. I would like to be in your contest. photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net


  49. Ivan Girl

    Oh, I love to write. My passion for writing started when I came to know about letters and mailing them. It’s fun sending someone a letter, telling them a lot of things, then mailing it in the post office. I also get a high when I receive one.

    Despite the advent of modern technology, computers and emails, I still prefer the old school of communicating with other people in the world. There’s a certain type of excitement, I guess. It’s different, personal and much more meaningful.

    I would love to be entered in your giveaway in your INTERNATIONAL draw.


  50. Tracy

    Being 29 also, I am trusting you (and the rest of the blogging world) that this is an excellent book for all ages. Even Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is raving about this one. So…………..I would love to win your giveaway as I suspect this book will be a keeper. Otherwise, I will wait till my name moves up the hold list at the library (currently number

    And I didn’t forget to answer your question:
    Unfortunately, I’ve never been much of a letter writer (I’m not so good w/ e-mail either). I’ve always loved pretty stationery but never seem to find the time or will to make use of it.


  51. Tracy

    Being 29 also, I am trusting you (and the rest of the blogging world) that this is an excellent book for all ages. Even Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is raving about this one. So…………..I would love to win your giveaway as I suspect this book will be a keeper. Otherwise, I will wait till my name moves up the hold list at the library (currently number 19 out of 89 requests… which is not bad considering I started out at 117).

    And I didn’t forget to answer your question:
    Unfortunately, I’ve never been much of a letter writer. I’ve always loved pretty stationery but never seem to find the time or inspiration to make use of it.


  52. Christy

    I think letter writing is becoming a lost art. I used to write letters ALOT ~ I even had penpals when I was younger. And, I loved to collect stationary. Now I’ve grown old and lazy and e-mails have become my #1 means of communication except for birthday and Christmas cards.

    I’d love to win a Signed Copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!



  53. Amy

    Although I am not “old”., (only 27), I still love writing letters and receiving letters. I always buy stationary and especially like getting it personalized. Even though email is much more convenient, I still like to pop a card or a letter through the mail when I have time.

    Thanks for entering me into the contest — the book looks great!


  54. Dawn

    Alas, I did not inherit the letter-writing gene from my mother. She is so good (still) about sending *real* letters, short notes, cards, etc. I have the “good intentions”, but lack the follow through (birthday cards tend to be late).

    I’ve been eyeing this book for a while, please enter my name in your giveaway.


  55. Lisamm

    I love letters, and used to write them all the time, esp. in college, but now it’s mostly email correspondence for me. I did write letters to my daughters at camp the last two summers, but beyond the occasional thank you note, I don’t write too many letters anymore. Just lazy, I guess.


  56. bookroomreviews

    What an amazing giveaway! me me! hmm what can I bribe you with? LOL I am not a letter writer, never have been, it’s sad I know. My husband used to write me letters when we were dating but not so much anymore. I treasure them. Looking forward to your review!


  57. Ladytink_534 (Jen)

    No I’ve never been much of a letter writer at all. I think I had a pen pal at one point but that only lasted for one summer at the most lol. I’m not even very good about keeping up with emails unless it’s book or bookgroup related!


  58. Review - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society « Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?

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  59. Susan B. Evans

    I used to be a big letter writer, when my grandmothers were still alive. I enjoyed writing to them and getting their responses so much.

    I don’t really write to anyone these days, unless you count email ๐Ÿ™‚

    Please enter my name in your giveaway.


  60. feener

    i love writing letters. love it. i wrote my college boyfriend a letter every day during the summers we were apart. letter writing is wonderful…


  61. Gina

    I am not a letter writer…in fact, I don’t think I type a proper email much. Much prefer SMS…quick and convenient.


  62. Suey

    I LOVE writing letters. I had several penpals.. one in Tawain, one in England, a cousin in a state away, etc. I also wrote to my grandparents often. I miss it, the “real” letter writing thing. I think that’s why I love blogging so much, and reading blogs. It’s like instant feedback letter writing.


  63. Megan

    I am not a huge letter writer. Usually, the only time I would think to write them was in high school where I was mostly using it as a distraction from intensely boring classroom videos. I have, however, recently acquired a penchant for writing rambly, overlong, and occasionally hilarious and entertaining e-mails to my old college roommates which would qualify as great letters if only they weren’t uh…technically e-mails.

    I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. I’ve heard so many fantastic things about this book that I can’t help being very curious! Thanks!


  64. booklogged

    I would love to win this book as I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’ve never been a good letter writer, note writer, card sender, or journal writer. I do a little better sending email, but not much.


  65. Melissa

    I’ve heard great things about this one so thanks for the giveaway. As for letters, do emails count. If not, then no, I am terrible about writing. Even with emails I can be quite a slacker about keeping in touch with people.


  66. Melissa

    I enjoy writing letters. I have a friend who is now living in New York. We have been writing letters since he moved in the 7th grade. I always look forward to hearing from him and get all excited when I see an envelope with his handwriting.


  67. Lenore

    I used to be a big letter writer, never more than when I was an exchange student in Ecuador. I wrote over 300 letters in the space of 11 months, which seems like an amazing feat now.

    I am dying to read this book, and I will get it eventually I am sure, but it would be so special to get a signed copy, so I really hope I win!!


  68. Kristi

    I will admit that I do not write much anymore – but before I had kids I used to write alot! Of course, I had a husband overseas much of the time in the Navy, so he received a majority of the letters. Now when I write, I tend to reserve it for an older relative whom I know would appreciate it more than an email or a text message! These days I am a big card sender with maybe just a quick note inside! Maybe once the kids are on their own, I will be able to pick up a pen again!

    I have heard a lot of good stuff about this book! Please enter me in your drawing!



  69. avisannschild

    I used to love to write letters and I still love receiving them, but I hardly ever write them anymore. Oh and like Raych, I often made copies of the letters I wrote so I could remember what Iโ€™d said!

    Wow, I’m impressed with Lenore’s 300 letters in less than a year!

    I’d love to read this book — I keep hearing great things about it!


  70. Carrie K

    Ive been jonesing for this book FOREVER!!

    In my head im a great letter writer…sadly they dont make it to paper very often and even more rarely do they get mailed.

    Is it the thought that counts….lol


  71. Normal

    I’m a letter writer. Compulsively. Even to people in the same city.

    I have a lovely little address book with everyone’s names and addresses, each marked with the last date that I wrote them. Sample:

    Danielle Farrar
    PO Box 7048
    Burbank, CA 91510
    1/10/08 (birthday), 3/17/08, 8/1/08 (road trip), 11/13/08 (blog post made me think of them)

    — side note, this is me. I have not actually written myself but wanted to make sure it was someone’s address I had permission to post —

    When I’m in a strange bar or waiting for someone at a restaurant, I pull out a few postcards and my address book and skim to see who has not received a letter recently. Scribble a few notes down about what I’m up to, inquire after their life, and close. Postcards are perfect for this. They’re the mail equivalent of a Facebook “poke.”

    People tell me about how much they love receiving my letters, but few reciprocate. When someone reciprocates, I know I’ve found someone really special. Not that non-reciprocators aren’t special, just that people who write back are in a special class of friend. They “get” letters.

    My favorite of these is Miranda. Believe it or not, we started with rent checks.

    I was her landlord in the most ill-fated property ownership scandal I’ll ever go through (how do I know? because I’m now a renter for life). She would send me these checks in awesome envelopes. I sent her letters back. She sent me the best mix CD I’ve ever received, decorated with her own artwork. I sent her a mix CD. She sent me some weird stuff she found around town. I sent her a box of things I also had picked up around town, with a small catalog of what was enclosed (complete with detailed notes about each item). — we’re talking small things like plastic figures found on the sidewalk, not anything glorious — The real hero in our mailing relationship was her. I just sat back and basked in the glory of how much she “got” mail.

    When she finally got to move back to New Orleans (where she was from before Katrina), I visited her for Halloween. We had a great time dressed as siamese twins. (photo: — in fact, here’s the whole weekend: )

    It’s important to note that I did visit a couple times in Albuquerque, but most of our friendship bloomed over letters.

    Months later, she met someone who happened to live in Oakland, where I was living. And she moved. And that was the end of our letter writing. Because we lived in the same city, we kind of stopped our letter exchange (sad, because I still write others in my own city, but for some reason she and I just would hand each other stuff).

    I moved to Los Angeles about a year ago and we haven’t really kept in touch…. until a few days ago, when I wrote her telling her how much I missed her and how we should start mailing again now that I live in LA. She completely agreed… enthusiastically. We really do have mail in common.

    I expect a package from her on Friday. If I win this book, I’ll mail it to her in my next mailing.


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