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Here’s how to get a personalized postcard from one of your favorite authors.

Aaron Robertson

November 9, 2020, 1:00pm

I’ve written before of my love for postcards; throughout this year, those that I’ve received have been well-packaged morale boosters, pleasant breaks from the monotony of this non-time.

The literary magazine The Common is back this fall with a fun yearly tradition, its author postcard auction. The online event lets readers bid on personalized postcards from any of 35 writers, including Anne Carson, Susan Choi, David Sedaris, and Edmund White. Auction proceeds will benefit emerging authors and contribute to The Common’s editorial fellowship.

“In a time when the pandemic has limited many of our interactions to online only, having a physical keepsake from a beloved author is especially meaningful,” editor-in-chief Jennifer Acker said.

This year marks The Common’s tenth anniversary (a nice milestone after the publication won a Whiting Literary Magazine prize last year). In honor of the occasion, the journal is partnering with Penguin Classics to give special editions of books like The Great Gatsby and Middlemarch to select bidders. You can place a bid here through December 1st.

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A nice note from Anthony Doerr.

Hannah Tinti’s postcard took inspiration from her very cute dog.
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