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Authors to discuss ‘Legacy of Letters’ at library talk

Gloucester Library, Main Street Center, will host authors Gail Wilson Kenna, Susan Ferries Moore and Ilona Duncan on Tuesday. The three will discuss the “Legacy of Letters” and the importance of a handwritten legacy, beginning at 6 p.m.

All three authors are epistolary writers (writing in the form of letters) and each has found family letters that have changed their lives.

Kenna wrote her book “Here to There and Back Again,” based on her great-great-grandfather’s journey along the Gold Rush Trail in the 1840s, using the letters (which were later copied in a ledger) he wrote to his sister Hortense as reference. Her maternal grandmother showed her these letters when Kenna was in the process of reluctantly moving away from Napa Valley.

Through his letters home, Kenna learned about Eugene B. Chase’s trek from Vermont to California and felt her great-great-grandfather speaking to her about leaving Napa Valley, “this is hard, but you need to move on.”

“I don’t think I would have...

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