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June 9, 2005

Novelist Eric Goodman Reads June 22 On WSUI

Eric Goodman, a member of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival faculty, will read from his fourth novel, "Child of My Right Hand," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

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.

"Child of My Right Hand," which describes the effects on a family and a small Ohio town when a high-school boy declares his homosexuality, is based on Goodman's experiences with his own son's sexuality.

T. Coraghessan Boyle described the book as "A powerful, affecting, utterly unpretentious novel about love and loss. Goodman here achieves the potent, stripped-down lyricism of Raymond Carver's best work. This is a novel both heartbreaking and beautiful."

Fiction writer Ron Hansen commented, "'Child of My Right Hand' is Eric Goodman's finest achievement as a writer thus far, a fresh, powerful, intriguing novel that is gripping in its narrative, refreshing in its humor, and poignantly wise about the vagaries and disloyalties of the heart. . . . (W)ith unblinking realism and abiding sympathy he wishes to convey the turmoil and emotional dislocations that can affect everyday family life even among those who feel their education, stability and high status may have spared them such consternations."

Goodman, who directs the creative writing program at Miami University in Ohio, is the author of "High on the Energy Bridge," "The First Time I Saw Jenny Hall" and "In Days of Awe." He is a graduate of both Yale and Stanford University, where he received a master's degree in creative writing.

He also writes episodic television scripts and feature-length screenplays, and his publication include short stories and more than 150 non-fiction pieces in national publications including Saveur, GQ, Travel & Leisure, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Buzz, Glamour, Life and Self.

Goodman has won three Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Other honors include extended residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation and Headlands Center for the Arts.

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