Gina Hamadey: I Want to Thank You

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm


Barrett Bookstore and Make-Modern are thrilled to welcome author Gina Hamadey for a special book + crafting event to celebrate the release of the new book, I Want to Thank You: How a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy and meaning in a Disconnected World. Attendees will hear from Hamadey about:

  • How Writing Notes to Neighbors Can Solidify Your Place in the Community.
  • How Writing “Remember When?” Postcards Reestablishes Bonds and Heals Wounds.
  • How Writing Letters to the Village Can Make for a Happier Parent.
  • How Writing Notes to Healers Can Help You Appreciate Life.
  • How Writing Notes to People Who’ve Enhanced Your Life Can Enhance Theirs.

In addition to hearing from the author, Make-Modern lettering expert Robin Gilbert (@pensandneedlesrg) will lead you through a few exercises to improve your handwriting as well as discussing how to choose the best pen + paper for your correspondence. In addition, Make-Modern has put together a beautiful kit including an assembly of Robin's favorite selections including a Rhodia dotted tablet along with four German + Japanese writing pens from fountain to fine tips. This set offers an opportunity to discover which pen is most comfortable for your letter writing. Everything is packaged in a Make-Modern 100% cotton bag and includes Robin's custom hand lettering guide featuring different alphabet styles. Pen kits are available for purchase below.

About the Book

 If there is one thing that Gina Hamadey learned after 365 days of writing thank-you notes, it’s this: the real magic of gratitude comes when we share it. In I Want to Thank You: How a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy and Meaning in a Disconnected World, Hamadey, after dealing with a case of burnout and disconnection, reveals how twelve months spent writing 365 thank-you notes to strangers, neighbors, family members, and friends shifted her perspective. Her journey led to a lasting active gratitude practice that can make readers happier people, heal complicated relationships, and reconnect them with people they love—all with just a little bit of bravery at the mailbox. 

I WANT TO THANK YOU reveals how practicing gratitude is good for the body, mind, and soul. Hamadey found herself thanking not only family members and friends, but less expected people in her sphere, including local shopkeepers, physical therapists, long-ago career mentors, favorite authors, and more. 

I WANT TO THANK YOU is the perfect book for anyone who's used a gratitude journal and now wants to express gratitude outwardly. Once you get going, you might find yourself cultivating an active gratitude practice, too—one heartfelt note of thanks at a time.

About the Author:

Gina Hamadey is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in O, The Oprah MagazineFood & WineRachael Ray Every DayWomen's Health, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two young sons. 

I Want to Thank You: How a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy and Meaning in a Disconnected World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593189627
Published: TarcherPerigee - April 13th, 2021

SKU: 241051

Event address: 
Darien, CT 06820-4127