On May 19th, members of the public were treated to a talk given by Ha Tran, author of the book Empowered by Hope. The talk was hosted by the Friends of the Library at the Manchester Community Center. Empowered by Hope is the inspiring story of a Viet Namese immigrant’s journey from pampered rich girl to boat person to penniless newcomer to the United States. Ha Tran’s indomitable personality shines through as she speaks, as does her love of family and her reverence for her greatest mentor, her father. Ha lives in Beverly and is the founder of the Hope Empowered organization.