Episodes

Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl with Saraid de Silva and Andrea Lawlor

Hello! This book made me think about how my relationship to myself is lifelong. Today we meet Saraid de Silva and we’re talking about the book that saved her...

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LGBTQ Book Bans: Narrating the Crisis

Hello! A deep dive into LGBTQ book bans with two of the nation’s leading researchers. Today, we are joined by Sabrina Baêta and Tasslyn Magnusson. They are leading researchers...

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The Fire Next Time with Kim Hines

Hello! When I read his work I feel like he was a good close friend that I lost. That’s how much he resonates with me. Today we meet Kim...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Jessie Chandler and Shanghai Murder

Hello! Today, Once Upon a Crime Books presents 7 Minutes in Book Heaven, the podcast where we interview LGBTQ authors about the new books they have coming out for...

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We Are All Armenian with Natalie Cruz

Hello! Seriously though. When you’re life is hyphenated, how do you put it altogether to live the life you want? Today we meet Natalie Cruz and we’re talking about...

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Jeff Gavin’s Magic and Keith Haring at the Walker Art Center

Hello! A new episode of This Queer Book Saved My Life drops next week on May 11th! In our off weeks, we air the most recent episode of The...

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Loveless with Jake Mier

Hello! They say what matters most is love. But for a lot of us…that’s not what matters most. Today we meet Jake Mier and we’re talking about the book...

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Catching the Queer Spirit!

Hello! We’re kindred queer spirits in podcasting. Today we have a special cross-pollination episode with the Queer Spirit podcast.  The Queer Spirit podcast has conversations with embodied artists, practitioners...

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Love Lives Here with Archie Arnold and Rowan Jetté Knox

Hello! All the love in our queer families. Today we meet Archie Arnold and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Love Lives Here: A Story of...

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Becoming a Man with K Jason Bryan

Hello! As gay kids we have to get through so much that we end up not remembering a lot of our childhoods. Today we meet K Jason Bryan and...

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Swinging on the Garden Gate with Sandy Hope and Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

Hello! No one ever told me that I could be divine. That my sexuality was a gift. Today we meet Sandy Hope and we’re talking about the book that...

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Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim with Jacob Budenz

Hello! Today we meet Jacob Budenz and we’re talking about the book that saved their life: Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. Jacob is a...

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Am I Blue with Ricardo Galaviz and Bruce Coville

Hello! Today we meet Ricardo Galaviz and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Am I Blue by Bruce Coville. And Bruce joins us for the conversation!...

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To Kill A Mockingbird with Jean M. Gustafson

Hello! Today we meet Jean M. Gustafson and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Jean M. Gustafson is a...

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The Gaily Show: The Banned Book Club with John Bracken

Hello! A new episode of This Queer Book Saved My Life drops next week on February 6th! In our off weeks, we air the most recent episode of The...

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The Front Runner with Leon Acord

Hello! Today we meet Leon Acord and we’re talking about the book that saved his  life: The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. Leon Acord is the author of...

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2024 GLAAD Media Award Nomination

GLAAD Media Award Nomination for Outstanding Podcast On January 17, 2024, our podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Podcast...

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The Homosexualization of America with Philip Anthony and Dennis Altman

Hello! Today we meet Philip Anthony and we’re talking about the book that saved his  life: The Homosexualization of America by Dennis Altman. And Dennis joins us for the...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Jeff Billington and Summer’s Second

Hello! Today, we meet Jeff Billington and his new novel: Summer’s Second. In this novel, Asher Brock’s last summer of youth is far from ideal. His hopes for the...

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The Color Purple with Maya Williams

Hello! Today we meet Maya Williams and we’re talking about the book that saved their  life: The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Maya Williams (ey/em, they/them, and she/her) is...

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Princess Freak with Adrineh Der Boghossian and Nancy Agabian

Hello! Today we meet Adrineh Der Boghossian and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: Princess Freak by Nancy Agabian. And Nancy joins us for the conversation!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Joshua Moehling and Where The Dead Sleep

Hello! Today, Once Upon a Crime Books presents 7 Minutes in Book Heaven, the podcast where we interview LGBTQ authors about the new books they have coming out for...

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The Song of Achilles with Christina Bagni

Hello! Today we meet Christina Bagni and we’re talking about the book that saved her life The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Christina is an editor, host of...

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American Renaissance with Scott Bane

Hello! Today we meet Scott Bane and we’re talking about the book that launched a life-saving journey for him: American Renaissance by F.O. Matthiessen. Scott is a Program Officer...

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Blind: A Memoir with David-Elijah Nahmod and Belo Miguel Cipriani

Hello! Today we meet David-Elijah Nahmod and we’re talking about the book that saved his life: Blind: A Memoir by Belo Miguel Cipriani. And Belo joins us for the...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Dianna Hunter and Clouded Waters

Hello! In our last episode of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven (for now) we meet Dianna Hunter and her new novel Clouded Waters which releases today, October 10! What’s...

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The Velvet Rage with Chris Tompkins

Hello! Today we meet Chris Tompkins and we’re talking about the book that saved Chris’ life: The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs. Chris is an LGTBQ affirmative therapist and...

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Valencia with Leslie Vincent and Michelle Tea

Hello! Today we meet Leslie Vincent and Michelle Tea! We’re talking about the book that saved Leslie’s life: Valencia by Michelle Tea. As a music maker, Leslie Vincent performs...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Rebecca Turkewitz and Here in the Night

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Our series concludes today as we meet Rebecca Turkewitz and her new new spooky story collection: Here in the Night. New...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Rob Kirby and Marry Me A Little

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Marisa Crane and I Keep My Exoskeletons To Myself

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Tristan Taormino and A Part of the Heart Can’t Be Eaten

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Lin Thompson and The House That Whispers

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Lucian Childs and Dreaming Home

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Dr. Gwen Bass and Immaculate Misconception

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Christine Suggs and ¡Ay, Mija!

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Kelly Balch and Aphrodite’s Sister

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with C.H. Williams and One of a Thousand Names

Welcome to our Summer of Book Love series! Every Tuesday this summer we will feature new episodes of 7 Minutes in Book Heaven which has your next summer read!...

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Queer humor, queer joy, and living a beautiful life with Clark Carlton and Robert Rodi

Hello! Today we meet Clark Carlton and Robert Rodi! Our guest is novelist, playwright, and producer Clark Carlton. You may know him from his sci-fi/fantasy novel Prophets of the...

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We have to grow up so fast to protect ourselves with Nick Bussett and A. Rey Pamatmat

Hello! Our guest todays are Nick Bussett and A. Rey Pamatmat! Nick is the co-host of Gay Talk 2.0 and the Director of Development at the Shubert Theatre. Rey...

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The futures that we build for ourselves with Steph Colbourn

Hello! Our guest today is the CEO and founder of editaudio, Steph Colbourn. editaudio is a podcast production company with a mission to hire more women, nb and trans...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with A.J. Irving and The Wishing Flower

Hello! Meet A.J. Irving and her new book The Wishing Flower. An LGBTQ-inclusive story about understanding your peers, your feelings, and yourself, The Wishing Flower is a love letter...

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I knew I was going to be ok when I read about this whole new world with guest Nathan Eckstein

Hello! Our guest today is Nathan Eckstein (he/they) who is a writer/playwright and graduate student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Masters degrees in Architecture. They are also...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Mário César and Blessed Cure

Hello! Meet four time HQ MIX Trophy winner for best Webcomic Mário César and his new book Blessed Cure. Like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, César’s Blessed Cure uses comics...

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This play was like electricity going through me with Jonathan Fried

Hello! Our guest today is writer, actor, and teacher Jonathan Fried. Jonathan shares with us how the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams saved his life. What’s extra...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with A.J. Bermudez and Stories No One Hopes Are About Them

Hello! Meet A.J. Bermudez and her darkly playful (and Lambda Literary Award nominated!) story collection: Stories No One Hopes Are About Them. These short stories explore characters who are...

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Finding Your Queer True North with David Rephan and Jay Quinn

Hello! Our guests today are attorney David Rephan and Lambda Literary Award finalist Jay Quinn. David shares with us how Jay’s novel Metes and Bounds saved his life and...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Joseph Plaster and Kids on the Street

Hello! Meet Joseph Plaster and his new book Kids on the Street: Queer Kinship and Religion in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. It’s 7 Minutes in Book Heaven! Where we meet...

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Threading together all of our different identities with Allison Vincent

Hello! Our guest is writer, educator, and theater maker Allison Vincent and we talk about the queer book that saved her life: the novella Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood....

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with McKenzie Wark and Raving

Hello! Meet McKenzie Wark and her new book Raving. It’s 7 Minutes in Book Heaven! Where we meet queer authors and talk with them about the new books they have...

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From Unseen to Seen with William Burleson

Hello! This episode is the recording of our live event at Lush Lounge and Theater. And we welcome back William Burleson! You remember him from Season One, when we...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Gerardo Sámano Córdova and Monstrilio

Hello! Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this podcast, we spend 7 minutes in our virtual studio...

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When you go up the mountain you don’t know what you’ll find with Gerard Cabrera

Welcome to our LGBT podcast! In this episode, we meet Gerard Cabrera (he/him) and I talk with him about The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. Gerard tells me that,...

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TEST – When you go up the mountain you don’t know what you’ll find with Gerard Cabrera

Welcome to our LGBT podcast! In this episode, we meet Gerard Cabrera (he/him) and I talk with him about The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. Gerard tells me that,...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with B.G. Wolfe and April Renegade

Hello! Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this podcast, we spend 7 minutes in our virtual...

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Reclaiming our coming out stories with Jacob Aloi and Becky Albertalli

Welcome! In this episode, we meet Jacob Aloi (he/him) and I talk with him about Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This YA novel follows 16-year old Simon Spier...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Michele Kirichanskaya and Ace Notes

Why Hello! Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this short podcast, we spend 7 minutes in our...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Joshua Gonzales and Keep Sweet: My Homemade Recipe for a Fulfilling Gay Life

Why hello! Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this short podcast, we spend 7 minutes in our...

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Facing The Homophobia In Our Families with Barrak Alzaid and Sarah Schulman

Welcome to our LGBT podcast! In this episode, we meet Barrak Alzaid (he/him) and talk with him about Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences by Sarah Schulman. This book invites...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Loren A. Olson, MD and No More Neckties: A Memoir in Essays

Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this short podcast, we spend 7 minutes in our virtual studio...

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God Cares About The Most Marginalized Bodies with Shannon TL Kearns

Welcome to our LGBT podcast! In this episode we’re talking with the Reverend Shannon TL Kearns (he/him) about Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. Rev. Kearns was...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Tess Sharpe and 6 Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did)

Hello! Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this short podcast, we spend 7...

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The Transcendence of Love and Intimacy with Nicole Olila and Paula Martinac

Welcome Welcome to our LGBT podcast! In this episode we’re talking with Nicole Olila (she/her) about the Lambda Literary Award winning novel Out of Time by Paula Martinac. Today’s conversation is...

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A Possibility Space for Queerness and Transness with Henry Holden and S.A. Chant

Welcome to our LGBT podcast! In this episode we’re talking with Henry Holden (he/they) about Peter Darling by S.A Chant. This novel is a sequel and really a re-telling of Peter...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Lindsey A. Freeman and Running

Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this short podcast, we spend 7 minutes in our virtual...

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Building the language to translate what transness looks like with LaSaia Wade and Miasha

Welcome to our LGBT podcast and in this episode we’re talking with community organizer and activist LaSaia Wade (she/they) about Secret Society by Miasha (she/her). This novel starts as a...

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Crossover Episode with The Sewers of Paris!

On today’s episode, we have a special crossover episode for you with one of my favorite podcasts The Sewers of Paris. The Sewers of Paris is a podcast about...

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Be who you are and don’t apologize with Troy Stanley

Welcome to our LGBT podcast and in this episode we’re talking with actor Troy Stanley (he/him) about Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. This novel kicked off a landmark series...

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7 Minutes in Book Heaven with Dr. Nyri Bakkalian and Confluence: A Person Shaped Story

Welcome to our LGBT podcast 7 Minutes in Book Heaven – presented to you by This Queer Book Saved My Life! In this short podcast, we spend 7 minutes in our...

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Room to breathe and ask my own questions with finn schneider

Welcome to our LGBT podcast and in our new episode we’re talking with dr. finn schneider (they/them) about Bless Me, Ultima. It is a coming-of-age novel by Rudolfo Anaya....

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