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Lambda Lit Book Club: Author Talk: Garrard Conley discusses "Boy Erased"
- Date: August 28, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Location: West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90069
The Lambda Literary Book Club meets in the Community Meeting Room the last Tuesday of the month (except December) and highlights a heady mix of LGBT classics, unheralded gems, and new releases. August's selection is Boy Erased, a memoir by Garrard Conley, soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Library catalog summary: “The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.” Please inquire at the library for the availability of a copy.
For more information, please visit http://lacountylibrary.org/calendar/index.php?eID=130336
CONTACT: West Hollywood Library 310-652-5340