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An in-convent truth

Published on August 7, 2018 12:44PM

Author and former nun Antoinette Kennedy will read from her memoir, “Far from Home,” on Friday, Aug. 17, at Tillamook’s Art Accelerated Gallery.

A native Oregonian, Kennedy joined the western province of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in Portland. “Far from Home” is a memoir that probes the hidden heart of the convent. With candor and a respect for the paradox, Kennedy explores her decision to enter the order and the discoveries that ultimately propelled her return to the secular world.

Shirley Abbott, author of “The Bookmaker’s Daughter,” described Kennedy’s work as “A nun’s story for our times — an American woman’s story.”

Kennedy attended the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and received an Oregon Literary Arts Grant and Fishtrap Fellowship, both of which enabled her to continue work on “Far from Home.”

The Aug. 17 reading, which is free and open to the public, will start at 5:30 pm at the gallery, 1906 Third Street.

For more information, call 503-812-0629.

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