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Woman Reunited With Childhood Book 25 Years After Donating

We’ve all probably given away a book that we loved as a kid to charity, but have you ever been reunited with that same book years later?

 

That’s the situation Zoe Andrews experienced when she found her copy of The Secret Garden on display at the Museum of English Rural Life in England. The children’s book is about a young orphan girl named Hannah, who discovers a secret garden in her uncle’s estate and is determined to bring it back to life.

 

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Andrews donated her copy to a charity shop in Wallingford, which the museum picked up years later. When she discovered the book at the museum, she knew it was hers when she saw her sister’s name written in the front cover. After discovering the name, Andrews immediately bought the book back.

 

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The museum shared the discovery on their official Twitter:

 


The director of the museum also shared her excitement:

 

One of the most unexpected yet fascinating aspects of libraries is discovering books that bear traces of their readers’ lives, moving us to speculate about how they were read and enjoyed. That it’s The Secret Garden – a novel that has survived generations and provided a magical escape for so many readers – makes this story all the more wonderful.

 

Andrews described the feeling of seeing her copy of the book as “very bizarre”:

 

It’s a very bizarre feeling to find something you loved as a child and to think of its journey. ‘How many other children owned and read that book? Did they ever wonder who Hannah was?’

 

 

Can you imagine reuniting with one of your favorite books?

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise Over £80,000 for Emilia Clarke’s Brain Injury Fundraiser

When Emilia Clarke was just twenty-four-years-old, she suffered two major brain aneurysms, right after she had finished filming the first season of Game of Thrones. Earlier this year, Clarke revealed details about her brain injury in a New Yorker piece. Specifically, she spoke about her experience suffering a near-fatal stroke and how she ended up needing multiple brain surgeries, all throughout the same time she was filming for the show.

On March 21st, Clarke launched SameYou, which, according to the website, helps “young adults become themselves again after brain injury and stroke”. Since its launch, the fundraising campaign has accumulated over £80,000 (around $105,000). On May 30, Clarke had an emotional response to the fundraiser, which she expressed with an Instagram video, when the money raised was just below £38,000 (around $48,000). Since then, the amount has more than doubled.

 

 

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Ok so ‘speechless’ is a very fluid term…. that I’ve ignored in this rambling video BUT how could I be when there are so many thank you’s to give to YOU AMAZING HUMAN BEANS!!!!! Bloody hell, I am one very lucky lady to have such kind, generous, shining spirited fans who are raising money for my chairty @sameyouorg Elle Elaria and your reddit page where you have raised almost £38,000 has made my day, week, month, year, decade, and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to wave goodbye to the mother of dragons than with this step towards making brain injury sufferers feel less alone. YOU ARE MY HEROS. I am the one who should be bending the knee to you. #loveinabundance #sameyoucharity #humanitywins #thisiswhatbraininjurylookslike #❤️

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“It’s extraordinary what you guys have done” she said euphorically in the clip. “I’m genuinely completely lost for words”.

BBC News reported that Reddit user elle_ellaria, along with other users of Reddit forum r/freefolk, organized the start of the fundraiser. Strangely enough, that’s actually the same subreddit where discontented fans first posted the petition to redo Game of Thrones’ last season. The campaign was created as “a gesture of love and support from the fandom to the entire cast and crew”, and, of course, to Clarke, “who poured her very soul into her character”.

It’s amazing to see that, despite critical responses to the last season of Game of Thrones, fans still recognize the incredible talent that the cast and crew have, and the hard work that they put in. 

 

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Photograph from a previous year's Eat Read Drink Festival

San Diego Chefs Whip Up Literary Inspired Dishes

Ever wanted to eat what your favorite characters are eating in the books? Well, San Diego chefs are making that a possibility with a Eat. Read. Drink. program. The program has been running for ten years now, and each year ticket sales support the San Diego Council on Literacy, which is a no-cost literacy program. This year’s even will be hosted on Thursday, April 25th, from 6 to 830 p.m. at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Each year chefs try to recreate meals and recipes from favorite books. In the past chefs have created dishes inspired by classics like The Adventures of PinocchioAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

 

 

Chef presenting his dishes at Eat. Read. Drink.

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This year, chefs are hailing from San Diego favorites like Waypoint Public and Galaxy Taco. The event, which is perfect for foodies and bookworms alike, will see each chef recreate a dish from their own favorite literary work, and guests will be tasked with the job of tasting each creation. Awards will be given out in categories like “Best Dessert” and “People’s Choice.” To pair with these decadent plates, there will be breweries and wine tastings available as well.

Let us know if you’ll be attending this event! Tickets are still available. We can’t wait to see what the chefs whip up.

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A collection of Scott Turow titles, beside a photograph of missing hiker Jesse Galganov with his mother

Bestselling Author Donates Books to Raise Money in Search of Missing Hiker

Author Scott Turow, whose books have sold over 30 million copies worldwide, has lent his support to the family of missing hiker Jesse Galganov, who vanished in Peru over a year ago.

Galganov, a Canadian citizen and graduate of Connecticut’s Wesleyan University, was due to start medical school in Philadelphia in July 2018. An experienced hiker, Galganov last made contact with his mother, Alisa Clamen, on September 28th, 2017, advising her that he may be out of phone signal for a couple of days as he hiked the thirty-one mile Santa Cruz trail, but would be back in touch by October 2nd. However, Clamen never heard from her son again.

 

Jesse Galganov with his mother Alisa Clamen in front of snowy mountains
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Clamen has worked tirelessly to find her son, spending $2 million on search efforts, using money raised through “fundraising efforts, donations from supporters of her cause, and from liquidating many of her assets and mortgaging her home.”  She even hired Israeli company, Magnus International, who specialize in search and rescue, however Galganov, who was last seen on October 1st, 2017 in the Cordillera Blanca Mountains of Northern Peru, in Huascarán National Park, remains missing.

The latest fundraising effort in order to continue the search for Galganov is an event titled ‘A Bazaar for Jesse,’ which is, according to B’Nai Brith Canada, “a multi-faceted fundraising initiative: garage sale, bake sale, sale of new items, raffle, auction and community event. It will take place on Sunday, March 17 (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Lawrence Bergman Chalet at Trudeau Park in Côte Saint-Luc. All funds will go directly to the Jesse Galganov Fund at the Missing Children’s Network.”

That’s where bestselling author Scott Turow comes in.

 

Scott Turow smiling looking at camera, leaning against pink granite wall, wearing grey suit jacket
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Turow has no less than eleven bestselling novels under his belt, six Hollywood movie adaptations including Presumed Innocent, starring Harrison Ford, and Reversible Evidence, starring William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, not to mention 30 million copies of his novels sold around the world. Turow describes Galganov as ‘a fine young man, a dear family friend.’ In a video on his YouTube channel, Turow explains that though often asked to make charitable donations of his books, never before has he donated “the entire collection of [his] books, derived from [his] own bookshelves.” He goes on to say he is happy to inscribe each of the books however the winning bidder requests. Watch the full video below:

 

 

This post from Alisa Clamen’s Facebook, shared on the Help Us Find Jesse Facebook page details Turow’s generosity, and includes the auction link.

 

 

Turow also took to Twitter and Facebook to rally support:

 

 

It is always heartening to see people use their position of privilege to assist in difficult situations, and this instance is no different. Let us hope that with Turow’s generosity, and that of everyone who has lent their support to Jesse’s family and the #helpusfindjesse campaign thus far, that he will be brought home.

 

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