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Matthew Shepard book out
2012-09-26

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Candlewick Press announced that author Leslea Newman's October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard has been released nationwide, a press release stated. A novel in verse, October Mourning offers readers an exploration of the impact of the October 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo.

On the night of Oct. 6, 1998, two men savagely beat Shepard, tied him to a remote fence and left him to die. This happened right before Gay Awareness Week, and Newman was already scheduled to visit the University of Wyoming as the keynote speaker. She said she promised the audience she'd try to make sure Shepard wasn't forgotten.


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