October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

Version: Unabridged
Author: Leslea Newman
Narrator: Luke Daniels , Emily Beresford
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Poetry, Juvenile
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Published In: September 2012
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes
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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 Leslea 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.

Author Details

Author Details

Newman, Leslea

Lesl a Newman is the author of more than 40 books, including Matzo Ball Moon and Remember That. She lives in Massachusetts.