It’s a shame Garrard Conley couldn’t be in Rhode Island last month when a bill banning conversion therapy was being discussed at the State House. As the author of a highly-acclaimed memoir of his struggles with sexuality, religion, and family told through his personal experience with conversion therapy, he certainly would have lent an interesting perspective to the hearing.
Instead, he’ll be at the popular monthly Point Street Reading Series Tuesday night. “Boy Erased” is Conley’s inside look at conversion therapy, the pseudo-psychological practice of using therapy to suppress homosexuality.
“It’s a powerful convergence of events that Conley portrays eloquently, if a bit earnestly,” according to a Washington Post review of the book. “Conley was full of confusing contradictions — as deeply embedded in the teachings of the Bible as he was in the prose of great literature.”
The Point Street Reading Series happens monthly at Dueling Pianos at Davol Square. It’s a year old this month, and was profiled in the Providence Journal just last week.
“Rhode Island’s literary ‘impresaria,’ Robin Kall, is celebrating an anniversary of sorts on March 21 with the 12th edition of her Point Street Reading Series,” according to the PoJo. “Kall created the monthly Point Street Reading Series to give her a chance to share the books and authors who write them with an ever-growing audience. On March 21, Kall will bring in five authors to take the stage at Point Street Dueling Pianos in Providence to share anecdotes or excerpts from their books. For the hour and a half show, there is a nominal $5 charge to get in, a cash bar, and either snacks, samples or food truck fare. On that Tuesday, Championship Melt will be parked out front.”
Also this month will be: Gloria Norris, author of “KooKooLand”; Annabel Monaghan author of “Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?”; Katie Bayerl author or “A Psalm for Lost Girls” ; and Emily Jeanne Miller author of “The News from the End of the World”