Women of Letters at SXSW and in NYC


One of the most exciting events at SXSW last week was the literary salon People of Letters, a Texas transplant of the Australian literary salon Women of Letters, held on Tuesday, March 12th in Austin.

The panel of guests/presenters included John Sayles, Buck 65, Jenny Owen Youngs, Kim Boekbinder, Neil Gaiman, and Amanda Palmer.  Each read a hand-written letter to “The Thing I Wish I’d Written.”

John’s letter, in the words of the Austin Chronicle’s Richard Whittaker, “ruminat[ed] and fulminat[ed] on the tunelessness, both literal and cultural, of The Star Spangled Banner.”  (read the full article in the Austin Chronicle here)


Correspondents at People of Letters at SXSW (photo credit Gary Miller via The Austin Chronicle)


The evening was by turns poignant, hilarious, and heartfelt.  The standing-room-only crowd had a fantastic literary and personal experience, unlike anything else at the SXSW Festival.

So we heartily encourage our friends in the NYC area to attend this upcoming stop on the Women of Letters American tour:

To the Person I Misjudged

Wednesday, March 27th @ 7pm

Housingworks Bookstore Café

126 Crosby Street New York, NY

More information about next week’s NYC salon can be found by clicking here.

We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to spend the evening in the company of some well-spoken women writers and the charming curators of the event, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire.


John at SXSW with Marieke Hardy, co-founder of Women Of Letters.


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