Scribe is to publish Notes From A Public Typewriter, "an ode to community and the written word that will surprise, delight, and inspire", to coincide with Independent Bookshop Week in June 2019.
Henry Rosenbloom, Scribe’s founder and publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Notes From A Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson and designed by illustrator Oliver Uberti.
When Gustafson and his wife Hilary opened Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan three years ago, they put out Gustafson's grandfather’s Olivetti typewriter for anyone to use. Every day, people of all ages sat down at the public typewriter.
Children perched atop grandparents' knees, both sets of hands hovering above the metal keys: I LOVE YOU. Others walked in alone on Friday nights and confessed their hopes: I will find someone someday.And some left funny asides for the next person who sat down: I dislike people, misanthropes, irony, and ellipses ... and lists too.
In Notes From A Public Typewriter Gustafson and Oliver Uberti have combined their favourite notes with essays and photos to create an "ode to community and the written word that will surprise, delight, and inspire".
"This is a poignant and gorgeous collection of confessional, hilarious, heartbreaking notes written anonymously on a public typewriter that will appeal to fans of PostSecret and Other People's Love Letters," said the publisher.