STEPHEN JIMENEZ - The Book of Matt
Tuesday, November 12 at 7PM
speaking & signing
|Who was the real Matthew Shepard and what were the true circumstances of his brutal murder, now synonymous with anti-gay hate? Award winning journalist Stephen Jimenez is sure to stir passions and inspire dialogue as he reframes the crime and its cast of characters, positing that Shepard was not killed for being gay, but for reasons far more complicated -- and daunting. Jimenez was a 2012 Norman Mailer Nonfiction Fellow and has written and produced programs for ABC News 20/20, Dan Rather Reports, Nova, Court TV and others.|
|Late on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a
twenty-one-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming
with two alleged “strangers,” Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson.
Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the
outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He had been
pistol-whipped so severely that the mountain biker who discovered his
battered frame mistook him for a Halloween scarecrow. Overnight, a
politically expedient myth took the place of important facts. By the
time Matthew died a few days later, his name was synonymous with
anti-gay hate. |
Who was the real Matthew Shepard and what were the true circumstances of his brutal murder? And now that he was larger than life, did anyone care? The Book of Matt is sure to stir passions and inspire dialogue as it re-frames this misconstrued crime and its cast of characters, proving irrefutably that Matthew Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated — and daunting.
STEPHEN JIMENEZ is an award-winning journalist, writer and producer. He was a 2012 Norman Mailer Nonfiction Fellow and has written and produced programs for ABC News 20/20, Dan Rather Reports, Nova, Court TV and others. His accolades include the Writers Guild of America Award, the Mongerson Award for Investigative Reporting, an Emmy, and fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. A graduate of Georgetown University, he has taught screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and other colleges. He lives in New York and Santa Fe.
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