Award-winning author Leslea Newman will be in Chicago Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. for a reading and booksigning at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St.
Her new book is October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, for ages 13 and up.
On the night of Oct. 6, 1998, gay 21-year-old college student Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die.
Newman was deeply affected by Matthew Shepard's murder and wrote October Mourning to try to understand the impact this hate crime has had on the world and on herself. By telling Shepard's story in the voices of the silent witnesses (the fence he was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer who kept him company, etc.), she creates a narrative that enables young readers to experience the intense emotions of that day, which resonated around the world.
A 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, October Mourning is a book both for young adults and for caring people of all ages. Lesléa Newman is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults, including the groundbreaking children's classic Heather Has Two Mommies.
For a review of the book, see www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/BOOK-REVIEW-A-Song-for-Matthew-Shepard/40771.html .