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LISTEN: This Queer Book Saved My Life

Updated: Feb 18

If you read my memoir SUB-LEBRITY, you know that the Summer of 1981 kicked my ass. I was 18, had been on my own for all of three months, and was a complete and utter failure.


Leon Acord discusses The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren on the podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life

What I didn't cover in that book is that a single novel gave me the spirit and courage to dust myself off and start over ... again!


That book was The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren & it truly did bring me back to life.


So I was honored and thrilled to be invited to talk about this much-beloved story on the GLAAD Award-nominated podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life with J.P. Der Boghossian


We talk about the events of that summer, how I identified with the character "Billy Sive" and wanted to play him on screen, how longed for a romance with someone like "Coach Harlan Brown," how it gave me the courage to re-embrace my queerness, why I've never read the sequels, and why I'm now relieved that Hollywood never made a film version after all.


You'll also hear some samples of the upcoming audio-book version of my collection of essays Expletives Not Deleted.


I'm really proud of this show. I hope you'll give it a listen at podfollow.com/thisqueerbook or wherever you get your podcasts! For a transcript of our conversation, click HERE!



Leon Acord discusses The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren on the podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life


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The cover of Expletives Not Deleted by Leon Acord

Burgeoning curmudgeon (or is that queer-mudgeon?) Leon Acord takes on current events (MAGA, cancel culture), modern-day life (precocious parents, technology), pop culture (theatre critics, closeted actors), and more in Expletives Not Deleted, his new collection of bitchy yet bubbly essays, all written in the same acerbic voice that made his memoir SUB-LEBRITY a five-star Amazon bestseller.


Buy it HERE or order it wherever books are sold!

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Very entertaining podcast! Sharp interviewer, well done!

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