A personalized postcard from the likes of Viet Thanh Nguyen, Valeria Luiselli, or Edwidge Danticat could be a unique holiday gift for someone, and The Common has you covered. This month it launches its sixth annual postcard auction, headlined by the above authors, as well as André Aciman, Susan Choi, Mira Jacob, Ann Patchett, George Saunders, and many, many more. “Authors are enthusiastic about connecting with their fans this way,” says The Common’s editor-in-chief, Jennifer Acker. “It’s infinitely more personal than social media, and as a physical object, the postcard lasts as a keepsake. Often recipients frame the cards they receive.” All proceeds directly benefit The Common, supporting payment to and mentorship of emerging authors and the magazine’s extensive community programs. Online bidding takes place here.
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