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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.

 

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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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10-Year-Old Author Writes Book to Support Premature Babies

Ten-year-old Boston McClarty is unlike most children in more ways than one: not only did he survive his own premature birth, but he also went onto self-publish a children’s picture book to support babies in the NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit). His twin brother, Declan, was not so lucky. After his brother’s death in infancy and his parents’ pain, Boston decided to write a children’s picture book for all the struggling families of the NICU.

 

 

The NICU can be a place of great hope and enormous loss. “We saw both sides of the NICU,” said Susan McClarty, mother of the twins. “We saw the tragedy, and we saw the miracle.” Boston’s own experience as a premature baby makes his own life an optimistic story for parents who fear for the longevity of their own children. But his life isn’t the only story he’s chosen to share with these families.

McClarty’s first book, Heroes Are Made, is dedicated to his twin brother. For each purchased copy, McClarty will donate a blanket to the NICU. Each blanket will be accompanied by a personalized letter from McClarty explaining his story in an effort to share some semblance of hope and community with parents of sick or premature babies. Boston says he’s already at work on his second book, which will come with similar charitable endeavors.

 

'Heroes Are Made' by Boston McClarty
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The book is as creative as it is uplifting:

Yikes! A group of evil robots is attacking the town of Pendale on Gib Planet. Would you be brave enough to fight? These kids are! Join Captain, Ninja, and Swirl as they do everything necessary to save their town.

Thus far, Boston has donated nearly 500 blankets.

 

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Your Chance to Attend GoT’s Premiere With Emilia Clarke!

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke recently took to Instagram to announce an intriguing opportunity! The winner of an Omaze experience will stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains at the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere…

 

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Emilia Clarke has partnered with Omaze in order to benefit a new charity, one that helps young adults recover from the impact of major medical trauma. The Charities Aid Foundation of America will distribute all proceeds to any and all organizations working towards that type of relief. The lucky soul who wins this contest will be flown/driven/walked, if you live next door, to a presumably nice AF hotel (with a friend) in New York before attending the season 8 premiere and after-party as Hand of the Queen. Knees will undoubtedly be bent as Iain Glenn (Sir Jorah Mormont) sulks in the corner…

 

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Ha. I love that meme. 

The more you donate, the better your chances of winning: ten dollars= 100 entries, twenty-five dollars= 250 entries, and fifty dollars= 1,000 entries. However, I must advise all those who are reading this to proceed with caution, as the winner will have to decide who to take to one of the most anticipated premieres in recent history, this could destroy relationships. I for one have been hit with “Well if you win and don’t take me we’re not _______ (fill in the blank with- friends, siblings, neighbors, grandmother and grandson, etc) anymore.”

 

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The world’s excitement broke the internet, Kardashian style; two days ago the Omaze website crashed. As an apology for the inconvenience, Omaze is now offering an extra 150 entries for any entry when one uses the code BREAKER. Ms. Clarke herself responded to Omaze’s temporary dismantling:

 

 

So if you’re like me and regularly have a ridiculous argument with his one friend about who Daenerys Targaryen would hit it off with more (yeah Brandon, I’m talking to you), go be charitable and lose friends over a contest you probably won’t win…because for one thing…

 

 

 

 

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Launches Free Book Charity in Ireland

You may know Dolly Parton as a record-breaking country musician (and sequin enthusiast). At age seventy-three, she’s still gorgeous and iconic as ever, making news with her recent appearance in YA adaptation Dumplin’ and her possible BTS collaboration. What you may not know is that she’s been a philanthropist for decades now. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a charity providing free books to children in order to encourage intellectual development and a lifelong love of reading.

 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Logo

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DPIL has provided over two decades worth of books to deserving children regardless of family income. Founded in 1995, the program mails free, “high-quality” books to children from the moment they leave the womb to the moment they step foot in their first classroom. While the program was initially only available in Sevier County, TN—where our beloved Dolly Parton is from—the charity gained national recognition. By 2003, the program had given children around one million books. The program is now international, operating in Canada, the UK, and Australia. As of today, Dolly’s vivid imagination has brought the Imagination Library to Ireland.

 

Dolly Parton reads a picture book to a crowd of happy children

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A letter from Dolly Parton herself describes the heartfelt reasons behind her charity’s founding:

Before he passed away, my Daddy told me the Imagination Library was probably the most important thing I had ever done. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me because I created the Imagination Library as a tribute to my Daddy. He was the smartest man I have ever known but I know in my heart his inability to read probably kept him from fulfilling all of his dreams.

Inspiring kids to love to read became my mission. In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 1 million children.

It’s been quite a journey but we have so much more left to do. I would love for your community to join our family so please take the time to explore our website. Let’s share this dream that all children should grow up in a home full of books.

The charity may have started off as a figment of Dolly Parton’s imagination, but this dream has seriously come true. Since its founding, DPIL has distributed over 100 million free books to children… and that number will only continue to grow as children in Dublin register to receive their free books.

 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) mailing totals as of January 2019

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As DPIL launched in Ireland, Parton urged parents to enroll their children: “I know there are children in Ireland with their own dreams… the seeds of these dreams can often be found in books, and the seeds planted in a community can grow across the world.” All children under the age of five in Dublin 24 now have access to the program—and its free books! The program has ambitious goals: 21,600 books for 3,200 children within the first year. After that, Irish program coordinators hope the program will spread throughout the country.

Interested parents can register their young readers at www.cdi.ie/imaginationlibrary!

 

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Woman Finds $4k in Hollow Antique Book, Tracks Down Owner

A retired teacher working at the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association has had an unexpected experience.

Cathy McAllister was organizing the donations when she found an old, battered copy of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, a volume she didn’t expect to be popular. Feeling guilty about simply throwing it away, she opened it to check for more serious damages that would justify tossing it… and, much to her surprise, she found $4,000 in the hollowed-out book.  

 

$4k found in hollowed out copy of Gibbons' work on the Roman Empire

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At first, McAllister admitted she couldn’t believe it:

 

I had the book in my hands. I was ready to toss it, because we had several copies already…but when I fanned that book out, there’s a big hole carved out in the book amongst the pages, and I look down in there and I thought, ‘It’s monopoly money. Oh how fun,’ but it’s not monopoly money. It was all banded as it comes from the bank. It was four packages of $100 bills.

 

Rather than keeping the money, McAllister decided to return it. Since a family letter with the name of who the money belonged to was also encased in the book, she could use this letter to track down the man and his daughter and return the money that belonged to them.

When asked why she decided not to keep the money, McAllister said that it didn’t feel right to keep it. “My values were grounded in our faith,” she confessed, “that the church taught us what was right and wrong. It just becomes who you are after a while.” According to McAllister, she never even considered keeping the money… so the family is lucky she opened the book!

 

 

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