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'Boy Erased'

An image of author Garrard Conley
Colin Boyd Shafer

Growing up in a small town in Arkansas, Garrard Conley dealt with strict social codes on what it meant to be man and a Christian. He was outed as gay to his parents at the age of 19.

His parents decided to send Conley to Love in Action, an ex-gay camp that aims to "cure" people of their homosexuality. Conley's new memoir "Boy Erased" (Penguin Random House/2016) reflects on his time at Love in Action and how he came to embody his identity as a gay man.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Conley about the book and his upbringing in the South. Conley reads at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville. 


Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.