Please help me complete my memoir!

$3,600 of $25k goal

Raised by 63 people in 10 months
Margie Newman  SAINT PAUL, MN
"Gravitas almost seems like an understatement when it comes to the themes and milieus Margie Newman addresses  in her writing, which often deals with nothing less than how the Holocaust reverberates through American life in the 21st century. But if there is much of the grave in this subject matter, there is also the delight that is a byproduct of writing that surprises. Just when you think you know where the refrains are invariably headed, Newman quietly astonishes with small revelations that show that those we may think of as one-dimensional victims are as fascinatingly complex as any characters in fiction. For as many dark turns as she takes in retracing the effects of family secrets, the insights are as refreshing as the writing is bracing." Chris Willman, writer and critic, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone.

"Margie Newman’s essays are powerful, raw, and despite their subject, often humorous. Hers is a truly unique and insightful voice."  Rebecca Kanner, author of "Sinners and the Sea" and "Esther."

PLEASE HELP ME GET MY STORY OUT 
INTO THE WORLD

My name is Margie Newman. You may have read some of my work online , or maybe you've heard me at a reading.

Now is the time for me to finish my memoir,  The Thing is to Always Be Ready, find a publisher, and get it out into the hands of readers.  



I've been at work at this project for years and have much written, but haven't had the sustained time  I need to complete the book and find a publisher.  This is where Go Fund Me comes in. I'm raising money to buy the time I need.

The Thing is to Always Be Ready is about growing up as my father's daughter.  My father, David Newman, of blessed memory, survived the Nazi ghettos, labor camps, and the notorious Buchenwald.   His entire family, save for one brother, was murdered in the death camp Belzec.  My father came through with his life, but in many ways,  for him, the Holocaust was never over. 

My book is the story of trying to straddle the worlds of trying to be an American kid that fit in,  and hearing my father scream in the night as he dreamed about my sister and being with him as he was chased into the gas chamber.

It's the story of me unraveling my father's stories and his silences, and of the struggle to find balance between living in the present and honoring the past.

I would so appreciate any contribution you could make towards allowing me to complete my book.
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Update 5
Posted by Margie Newman
6 months ago
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Dear Friends,

My GoFundMe campaign is concluded. To everyone who's donated funds, provided rewards, expressed their support, and nagged me to write, thank you again and again! If you have a reward due to you, I'll be sending them out in the next couple of weeks.

You can still nag me to write; there's no close date for that.
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Update 4
Posted by Margie Newman
6 months ago
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I'm grateful to Urban Forage Winery and Cider House in Minneapolis for hosting my reading this Thursday, Sept. 15, 7-9 pm. The reading will be the finale for my GoFundMe campaign. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed for your kindness and generosity.

Please consider making any contribution that feels right for you if you haven't already. This site will come down on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

I hope you can join me at Urban Forage on Thursday. Anita and Wallace White's art show will be up. There will also be rewards on display, including oil paintings by Paul Damon, marbled paper by Susan Damon, print by Anita White, and freeze-frames by Tim Jennen.

Jeff's Urban Forage cider and wine will be available for purchase. It's the best cider I've ever had.

Much gratitude again to everyone who has helped me on this campaign to get my book out into the world <3
Paul Damon, oil.
Paul Damon, oil.
Freeze-frame by Tim Jennen,
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Update 3
Posted by Margie Newman
10 months ago
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Update #3

My campaign's been up for almost a month now. Thank you again to everyone who's backing me in my project!

I still have aways to go before reaching my goal. I tweeted to Taylor Swift asking her to fund me. Surprisingly, she didn't respond....

On the bright side (very bright side,) a young man named Werner in Germany who heard about my GoFundMe through a friend is working on getting his town (a Sister City to St. Paul) to support my project. He feels it's vital that his generation of Germans work to keep the memory of the Shoah alive.

You can make up for Tay-Tay's shortsightedness!

Sublime art by Tim Jennen, Paul Damon, Anita White and others await. Also signed copies of books, including authors Rebecca Kanner, Mai Neng Moua, Rachael Hanel and several first editions including a "Leaves of Grass." (Check out the ""Wish List" on my page-these are the rewards.)

Best regards and thank you again and again!

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Update 2
Posted by Margie Newman
10 months ago
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One of the best parts of my GoFundMe campaign is being reminded of the incredible talented friends I'm blessed to have in my life.

Artist Anita White recently donated a beautiful linoleum print to my campaign as a reward. The photo doesn't do the print justice, but you can get a hint of its beauty. This lilac print is a reward for a donation at the $100 level.

Thank you, Anita, and to everyone who's contributed funds and helped spread the word !
Linoleum print by Anita White
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$3,600 of $25k goal

Raised by 63 people in 10 months
Created April 30, 2016
EB
$50
Eric Brook
19 days ago

A critical part of a communal record.

AR
$100
amy rothenberg
5 months ago

To my old friend from Canarsie, who was kind to me when I showed up half way through 11th grade, from the country, CLUELESS about Brooklyn! I look forward to reading this book & wish you all the time, energy, focus and fortitude it will take to bring it forth. And Happy Birthday, too! xoxo AMY Rothenberg (& I know you'd love him, Paul Herscu )

$30
Ruth Markowitz
6 months ago
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$25
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6 months ago
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Pedersen-Barr Tanya
6 months ago
$20
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6 months ago
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6 months ago
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