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An exhibition of carved Vermont maple boards depicting many of the world's endangered forms of writing.
Created by

Tim Brookes

533 backers pledged $17,881 to help bring this project to life.

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Endangered Alphabets: the new colorful expanded digital edition!

At last! The expanded digital edition of my Endangered Alphabets book, with more text and probably three times as many photos, is now ready and available for scrutiny and purchase on iTunes. Please check it out at Thanks!


P.S. I apologize if you have received this message from more than one direction!

A request (not for money), and an incentive

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Dear Friends of the Endangered Alphabets,

I’m writing to ask you not for money but for suggestions.

This has been a great winter for the Alphabets. In the past six months they’ve been displayed and discussed at Carleton University in Ottawa, at Eastern Tennessee State University, at Harvard, at First Nations University in Regina (Saskatchewan) and most recently at American University in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, the recent Kickstarter campaign raised $5,000+ to print books in endangered alphabets for indigenous children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. 

 Where I need your help is in looking ahead. Almost all of those events and bookings were set up several months in advance, as you’d expect, so I need to be planning my Alphabet activities for the second half of 2014 right now. Several of you have at various times recommended places where you thought the Alphabets might find a temporary home or showcase, and that’s what I’d like from you now: names of universities, libraries, museums or other institutions I can contact and send Alphabet information. If you know the name of the specific person I should call or email, so much the better. If you yourself are in a position to book the Alphabets, better still! 

 Much of the basic information about booking the exhibition can be found at

 Oh, and one small incentive: anyone who sends me a promising-looking contact will receive a signed copy of my book Endangered Alphabets. 

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you! 


Thanks to you...

…we've just about reached our goal at We are so, so close, and we couldn't have done it without your support. I wish I could send you all vast, beautiful, monumental carvings of support in exotic and beautiful endangered scripts…


Tom Sanalitro's design for the Marma script
Tom Sanalitro's design for the Marma script

One Last Push, Please!

The Mro alphabet font designed by our team member Tom Sanalitro
The Mro alphabet font designed by our team member Tom Sanalitro

Our campaign to raise $5,000 to publish children's books in the indigenous languages of Bangladesh was doing very well for a few days, but seems to have stalled again. Please consider helping to push us over the line at

Thanks so much.


Thanks plus

Thanks to all of you who have already supported our new Kickstarter at I'd really appreciate it if you could pass the word along to to others who might be interested, though, as after a flying start we seem to have hit a bit of a plateau....

Very best wishes,


P.S. If you'd like to get in touch with me and have me get back in touch with you, please leave a contact email address in your message.