- Writer's Voices - 20140725 - Shaun Usher

Letters of NoteIf you have been listening to Writers' Voices awhile, you probably know that co-host Caroline Kilbourn is single-handedly attempting to keep alive the lost art of letter-writing. You know, the kind written on paper (often by hand, with a pen), and actdually mailed?  with a stamp?  Well, perhaps not single-handedly, since the people she writes to often write back!

Shaun UsherAnd there's also Shaun Usher, whose belief in "the importance and unrivalled charm of old-fashioned correspondence" led him to start a website in 2009 called lettersofnote.com. There are currently over 900 "letters, postcards,telegrams, faxes and memos" featured on the site, written by people both famous and ordinary. From this intriguing archive, Usher selected more than 125 letters to feature in this beautifully designed anthology.  As one critic wrote, this books is "the literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure."

Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how Usher finds the letters, how he chose which ones to include in the book, and the process of creating such a beautiful work of literary history.