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Author Visit: Teresa Irish

  • When Oct 29, 2013 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM (US/Eastern / UTC-400)
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Teresa Irish, author of A Thousand Letters Home, shares the inspirational and life-affirming   “Journey of the Letters.” One month after the 2006 death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, Teresa opened his army trunk. There, nestled in row after row, were her dad’s nearly 1,000 letters from WWII. Visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Battle Stars, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, this is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith and true love. A Thousand Letters Home is comprised of 320 of these poignant letters and 104 corresponding photographs. The book was named Reviewer’s Choice by Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch. The Military Writers Society of America called it “a fascinating book…a treasure trove,” and placed it on their recommended reading list. The book received Honorable Mention in the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards which included 3,000+ submissions. Teresa’s inspirational and engaging presentation is a tribute to our country’s history, our freedoms, family values, and a call to individual citizenship in today’s world. This is for the children, grandchildren, and future descendants of all veterans. This is for all Americans…Lest we forget.  Learn more at

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