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Oct. 19, 2004

Rosenthal Read From Memoir Recalling Sexual Abuse Oct. 29

Novelist Chuck Rosenthal will read from his memoir, "Never Let Me Go," which describes the sexual abuse he endured as a young athlete, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

At the age of 13, in the mid-'60s, Rosenthal was anxious to make his school's basketball team, whose volunteer coach was a college professor. "Never Let me Go" describes how the coach went from his mentor to his abuser, and how Rosenthal found the inner resources to escape and take the first steps toward adulthood.

In the memoir Rosenthal does not identify by name the man he accuses, but news stories in his hometown of Erie, Pa., have identified him as William Garvey, the longtime president of Mercyhurst College. Rosenthal is one of six men who have come forward with allegations that Garvey sexually abused them when they were teenagers.

Rosenthal is the author of six novels, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the PEN West Literary Award, and his screenplay "Cowboys and Angels" was a finalist for the Sundance Institute. He is the fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review and teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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