Shaun Usher: Letters of Note

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Canongate presents: 

Shaun Usher, curator of the Letters of Note series, will be in conversation with Jamie Byng about the Letters of Note and Letters Live phenomenon.

Letters of Note, the book based on the beloved website of the same name, became an instant classic on publication in 2013, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and becoming an international phenomenon. A compulsive collection of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters, it also inspired Letters Live, the sell-out live event series which has now been staged at iconic venues around the world, with performers ranging from Benedict Cumberbatch to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Kristin Scott-Thomas to Chiwetel Ejiofor.

From Virginia Woolf’s heart-breaking suicide letter to Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression ‘OMG’ in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi’s appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop’s beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.

Shaun Usher is a writer and sole custodian of the popular blogs lettersofnote.com and listsofnote.com. He has transformed both blogs into bestselling books. He is the author of the bestselling Letters of Note, More Letters of Note and Lists of Note.

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