Snail Mail: Overview

Snail Mail


Snail Mail, or Reviving the Art of Letter Writing

How wonderful it is to be able to write someone a letter! To feel like conveying your thoughts to a person, to sit at your desk and pick up a pen, to put your thoughts into words like this is truly marvelous.
~Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

It’s official. Letter writing is having a revival. In these digital days, when most of our messages are seen on screen and sent in an instant, the notion of receiving a thoughtful, handwritten note through the post feels more special than ever. It’s a chance to press pause on the fast pace of life. The sender gets to stop, slow down and enjoy the pleasure of putting pen to paper; the receiver winds down as they carefully unfurl a meaningful message from someone who cares.

Make someone's mailbox happy!



Snail Mail Calendar

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Snail Mail Events

  • Second full week of January is Universal Letter Writing Week
  • February 7 is National Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • March 1-7 is Write a Letter Appreciation Week
  • April is National Card and Letter Writing Month
  • The last Wednesday in April is World Stationery Day
  • September 1 is World Letter Writing Day
  • September 18-24, 2023 is Thinking of You Week
  • October 9 is World Post Day
  • December 7 is National Letter Writing Day
  • December 9 is Christmas Card Day

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Here are some reads to get you in the mood for tackling your correspondence!

For more letter writing guides, try a subject search of Letter Writing.

For a list of novels in letters, try a subject search of Epistolary Fiction.

While most of these listings link by default to a print copy, many are available in other formats (eBook and eAudiobook). Don't forget to check the catalog by title or author if you prefer digital!

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 Fish Greeting Card. Illustration. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 21 Apr 2022.