October Mourning

By Lesléa Newman

“Written with love, anger, regret, and other profound emotions, this is a truly important book that deserves the widest readership.” —Booklist (starred review)

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, 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 two decades later, the Stonewall Award–winning cycle of sixty-eight poems still serves as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life. This paperback edition features a new foreword as well as an epilogue, an afterword, discussion questions, explanations of poetic forms, and resources.

  • This is a masterful poetic portrait of Matthew Shepard's life and the meaning of his murder
  • A great resource for bullied (and bullying) kids and the adults who work with them
  • This new paperback edition is perfect for schools and libraries and features a new foreword from Matthew Shepard's mother, Judy Shepard, and discussion questions, in addition to detailed notes, an explanation of poetic forms, and resources for further exploration

About the author

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than seventy books for children and adults, including the groundbreaking children’s classic Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation. She lives in Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9781536215779
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: November 5, 2020
Dimensions: 133 x 228mm, 144pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $17.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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