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For Robinson and Moore, a Homecoming and a Zoom Talk

Authors Honor Moore (formerly of Kent, Conn.) and Roxana Robinson (of Cornwall, Conn.) will talk about their new books in a Zoom talk sponsored by the House of Books in Kent, the Cornwall Library and the Kent Memorial Library. 

Robinson describes her book “Dawson’s Fall” (published in 2019) as a biographical novel about her father’s Southern  family, “exploring race, principle and history.” 

A descendant of the Beecher clan (including author Harriet Beecher Stowe), Robinson said of her connection to Cornwall that, “My family — the Scovilles — came to Cornwall in the 18th century and have lived here more or less ever since. My great-grandfather, Samuel Scoville, married the daughter of Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher and his family — Harriet Beecher Stowe among them — lived in Litchfield. 

“The Scovilles have been ministers, farmers and lawyers, and have taken care of the North Cornwall church since it was built in 1812. I live in the house my grandparents built — Samuel Scoville Jr., who was a lawyer and writer.”

Moore is the author of “Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury,” published this year.

“Kent was my primary residence for 17 years,” she said. “I owned a house there for about 30 years that my parents had bought in 1950 or so as a summer place. When we moved to Indianapolis in 1957 the house was rented to a local family. 

“I took over the house in 1972 as a summer and weekend place and then lived here full-time from 1984 until 2001, when I sold the house. I wrote two books of poems and my first nonfiction book, ‘The White Blackbird,’ there. I ran women’s writing workshops in my living room in Kent from 1977 or so into the ’90s on and off. I think that many women poets in Litchfield County were part of those groups and many of them are still living in Connecticut.”

Join the free Zoom talk with Roxana Robinson and Honor Moore on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. For log in information, go to the library websites at www.kentmemoriallibrary.org or www.cornwalllibrary.org; or go to www.houseofbooksct.com. 

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