May 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pictures of the Week: Librarians at New York Comic Con; Author Lesléa Newman Reads from ‘October Mourning’

New Jersey librarians Craig Anderson (Kean University Library); Megan Kociolek (Nutley Public Library); Michael Maziekien (Rockaway Township Public Library); Ty Rousseau (Monroe Township Public Library) presented The Library as Mythic Oracle at New York Comic Con, a fan convention dedicated to comics, video games, graphic novels, and more.

Interview: Lesléa Newman Discusses her Novel in Verse About the Death of Matthew Shepard, ‘October Mourning’

Author Lesléa Newman has always felt an obligation to help the world remember Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was brutally beaten and left to die in October 1998. Shepard’s death brought national attention to the issue of homophobic bullying and helped galvanize anti-bullying awareness nationwide. With October Mourning, a novel in verse, Newman explores Shepard’s death in 68 poems. SLJ talked with Newman about how she came to write October Mourning, her use of poetic forms, and the challenges of writing about this painful topic.