BOOK JACKET BLURB: On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming student named Mathew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely beaten , tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming’s Gay Awareness Week. October Mourning is Lesléa Newman’s deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermath. This work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Mathew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Mathew himself. The stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Mathew Shepard’s life and legacy.
Published by Candlewick, 2012, $15.99
Release date: September 25, 2012
ALA Stonewall Honor Book, 2013
Publishers Weekly, July 30, 2012
Pantagraph, December 03, 2012
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, January 2, 2013
Lambda Literary, September 25, 2012
Teen Librarian’s Toolbox, January 28, 2013
Jewish Book Council, October 03, 2012
School Library Journal, October 18, 2012
International Reading Association, October 5, 2012
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