Saturday, April 19, 2008

Win Ann Zemke's Book!


[photo by Kim]

Thanks to Finn at Riding the Orphan Train blog, lots of people are learning about the orphan trains and especially about one particular woman, Marjorie. Her granddaughter, Ann Zemke, wrote a book about her grandmother based on diaries she found after her grandmother's death, They Named Me Marjorie.

So many people would love to read this book that I am encouraging you to buy a copy. If this one (my copy) travels the world, as it appears the world wants it to, it'll be in shreds by the end of its travels. For all the money we are spending on postage, we could buy a few copies of the book. In fact, I have decided just this minute to hold a contest. Reply to this blog post, and I will put your name in a drawing and will buy a copy of They Named Me Marjorie to GIVE to the name I draw. I'm willing to send internationally as well.

I believe in supporting the efforts of authors and artists. Sharing is nice, but buying from the author is nice, too. I'll collect names that reply to this post and will post the name of the winner on Thursday, May 1st - May Day! Good luck, everyone!

Before you comment, I would like you to read what Ann Zemke had to say at Kim's blog:

>>Thank you to everyone who has read my book "They Named Me Marjorie." Grandma would be delighted to know that so many people are interested in reading her story, too.
A very kind reader with good intentions put a review of my book on amazon.com. Because I don't sell my book through amazon, it appears that my book is "unavailable" which isn't true. My book is available through my website at www.crocuslanequilts.com.
After reading my book, one reader commented that my grandma had a choice - - she could have been a bitter person or a better person. She chose to be better and the world is better because of her. It's the essence of her story. Although difficult at times, I try to live in her image. She is a terrific role model for us all.
Best wishes to you all as you continue on the orphan train quilt journey. You are sharing an important part of American history through this project. I'm delighted and proud of you all.
Kind regards, Ann Zemke<<

22 comments:

Lynne in Hawaii said...

Pick me! Pick me! I just love the Ann Zemke quote. Love your blog!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Hi, I was calling over to say pleased you gotr the cards, now i am saying, pleased I read about the origin of the orphan train, loved the author's quote as well,
Hope your Pastor is better, Thanks, tracey

Elaine Adair said...

NO, No, to the above - pushing and 'gently' shoving them to the back ... Pick MEEEE, pleeeeze.

The orphan train went through my part of the world, along with the trains that took the young, new troops off to war, making a brief stop at the famous North Platte train station. The ORPHAN trains also took that same route, stopping along these places, to give orphans homes on farms.

Jeanne said...

That silly Elaine. She meant ME! I'd love to win the book.

Leah S said...

My library doesn't have this book, so I guess my name is going in. :)

Beth said...

I followed some of the links and am now ready to read this book! Please pick me!

Chookasmum said...

Hi,
I would love to win this book, I am very interested in hitory, particulary from a personal point of view.
Cheers

Christina said...

Wow, I never knew that was a part of our history.

You quilters who have orphan blocks really amaze me. That just doesn't happen here.

Pat said...

I wold love to win this book and learn more about the history of the orphan train. Please pick me!

Nancy said...

Me too! Me too! I love history from a personal perspective. I would love to read this book.

Leila said...

I would love to read this book! When so many want to blame others, it's wonderful to hear of someone who "chose to be better" -- indeed a role model!

Brendalou said...

Pick me! Pick me! When I was little I thought if I "thought" hard enough I could be Laura from Little House on the Prairie. To think that some of her playmates could have been from an Orphan Train.....The latest in the "Love Comes Softly" dvd series has two children come into the family via the Orphan Train.

BrendaLou

elise said...

Hi. I'd love to be the lucky recipient of "They Named Me Marjorie." It's my grandmother's name, too, and one that's close to my heart. And I'm thinking a lot about children these days... Please add my name to the mix as you choose a recipient. Thank you!

Elise

Mishka said...

I'd love to win this book too. Sounds like a very good read.

Michele

Leslie J said...

I have my hand raised too!

Janet said...

I'm so glad these pieces of our history are being preserved and publicised. Due to unfortunate circumstances my grandmother's baby sister was sent away for fostering, and her name changed. I wonder how this identity change affected her life. I look forward to reading this story. Thank you, Janet

Anonymous said...

Hi, hope I'm the lucky winner of this wonderful book. I love to read. Also love to read blogs each and every day.

Studio Christine said...

please add me to the list of entrants.

I saw the book mentioned on Finn's blog, and am wanting to read it.

....although the Australian Library sustem doesn't seem to have it listed...

quiltmom said...

HI Carole,
What a nice thing to do to give away a copy of Ann Zemke's book about the Orphan train children. I am sure it is a fascinating read and I would loved to read it.
Like everyone else I would love to be the winner. I hope that I am the lucky one- but who ever wins will be very fortunate.
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

Lindah said...

May is my birthday month and history is a special interest to me....so wouldn't it be grand to be the winner of your May 1 drawing! :-)

BrendaS said...

Please pick me! Are you having a winter storm in Minnesota today? We're totally white in Winterpet today. And you continue to be inspiring me with your output of charity quilts.

Mary said...

Hi--I just stumbled across your blog and I love what I see. I don't really know much about the Orphan Train quilt but I sure want to learn. If a newcomer is allowed to enter I'd like to have my name thrown in the hat for the drawing.