Reading set for ‘The Artemis Adventure’

The Center for Spiritual Living Port Angeles is sponsoring a reading by Sequim author Alice McCracken (publishing under the name Dorothy Rice Bennett) of her new book, “The Artemis Adventure.”

The reading is set for 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the barn at 254 N. Bagley Creek Road; attendees are encouraged to dress in layers for comfort.

“The Artemis Adventure” is about the growing up/coming out years between 18-22, when a teenager Kiki Rodriguez leaves her family in the South Bronx to follow her dream of a better life and a chance for an education. She crosses the country by Greyhound via a kind woman truck driver, and with a group of college students from Berkeley and is dropped off at dusk, coincidentally, near the gates to a liberal arts college in Oakland, Calif. Being nearly broke, knowing no one and essentially lost, Kiki attempts to sneak onto the campus just to spend the night. There, her real adventure begins. This story is funny and affecting with a great group of supporting characters and a touch of lesbian romance, McCracken said.

She began writing stories in grade school. Having earned four college degrees, she had two careers: as a family therapist and a journalist.

Once married and mother of an adopted daughter, she now lives with her partner and two toy poodles on the Olympic Peninsula.

“The Artemis Adventure” is her third novel.

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