October Mourning by Lesléa Newman audiobook

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

By Lesléa Newman
Read by various narrators

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    ISBN: 9781469206813

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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A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance

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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Author Bio: Lesléa Newman

Author Bio: Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman is the author of seventy books for readers of all ages including the teen novel in verse, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Sheperd; the middle grade novel, Hachiko Waits; the poetry collection, I Carry My Mother; the short story collection, A Letter to Harvey Milk; and the children’s books, A Sweet Passover, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed, and Heather Has Two Mommies. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 1.32
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English