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NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: T. Coraghessan Boyle is typically referred to simply as "T.C. Boyle."

University of Iowa alumnus T. Coraghessan Boyle presents reading Nov. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- PEN/Faulkner award-winning novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new book, "Riven Rock," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Sponsored by the UI Libraries, Prairie Lights Books and the Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

The reading will be broadcast on "Live from Prairie Lights," originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Newsweek calls Boyle "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist." His previous novels include "The Tortilla Curtain," "The Road to Wellville," "East is East," "World's End," "Budding Prospects," and "Water Music."

"Riven Rock" is based on the true story of Katherine Dexter and Stanley McCormick, who were married in 1904. Dexter was a scholar and socialite, McCormick, an heir to his parent's millions, but the couple was kept apart for years because McCormick was hospitalized for schizophrenia shortly after the wedding.

Boyle is also the author of four collections of short stories: "Without a Hero," "If the River Was Whiskey," "Greasy Lake" and "Descent of Man."

His fiction regularly appears in The New Yorker, Harper's, the Paris Review, Playboy, Esquire, and the Atlantic Monthly. He directs the creative writing program at the University of Southern California.

Boyle received both a Master of Fine Arts degree and a doctorate from the UI, and he has been a visiting faculty member in the Writers' Workshop.