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October Mourning

A Song For Matthew Shepard

By Lesléa Newman

WINNER OF A 2013 STONEWALL HONOR!

A masterful poetic exploration of the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world.


On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesléa Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthew’s murder. October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.

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9780763658076


Format: Book
Author: Newman, Lesléa
Summary: Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.
Title: October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard / Lesléa Newman.
Publisher Date: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, c2012.
Subject: Shepard, Matthew, d. 1998 -- Teen fiction. Murder -- Teen fiction. Gays -- Teen fiction. Hate crimes -- Teen fiction. Laramie (Wyo.) -- Teen fiction.
Isbn: 9780763658076 (hardback) 0763658073 (hardback) 0763658073 9780763658076
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 11
System Items Total: 11
Call Number: TF Newman
Oclc: 774490636
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Bib Id: 509530

Format: Book
Author: Newman, Lesléa.
Summary: Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.
Title: October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard / Lesléa Newman.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, c2012.
Description: xi, 111 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Shepard, Matthew, d. 1998 -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Murder -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Gays -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Hate crimes -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Laramie (Wyo.) -- Teen fiction.
Genre: Novels in verse.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN: 2011048358
ISBN: 9780763658076 (hardback)
ISBN: 0763658073 (hardback)
ISBN: 0763658073
ISBN: 9780763658076
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 11
Total Copies: 11
Call Number: TF Newman