I picked up this book as part of a letter writing book buying spree. I won't deny that the cover really caught my eye. Those silhouettes, the pillar box, the stamp edges; it's all very lovely and speaks to me. Kind Regards: The Lost Art of Letter-Writing by Liz Williams is a pretty basic book. It's really elementary stuff. There's little bits of trivia, a historical letter or two, and some guidelines. I wish the design sense of the cover continued inside, but it's mainly clip art repeats and rough newsprint pages. It's sustainable paper though, according to the cover.
This is not a book for me. I suspect it's not really a book for the readers of this blog either. This is a book for someone who has no clue about letter writing, and there are those people out there. There are people who truly have no idea where to put the address on the envelope. I've seen them. This is a great book for them. If you know someone who might be in to writing letters, someone probably between the ages of 10 and 20, then I think that a copy of this book (plus maybe a membership to the Letter Writers Alliance)(eh?) would be an excellent gift.
So, here's a little contest. Leave a comment telling me about who you would give the book and a free membership to as a gift. I'll pick one at random and send you the copy and a membership. It's open to all L.W.A. members. Do not leave your member number in the comment; I'll ask for it when you claim your prize. This is open to International members, but you'll have to pay for shipping which will be $24.00. Good luck! The contest is now closed!