The noted journalist and author will read passages from his provocative reexamination of the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was brutally murdered in 1998. Jimenez suggests that Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated—and daunting.
(Sarasota, FL) Bookstore1Sarasota presents award-winning journalist, writer and producer Stephen Jimenez, Monday, October 14, 7 p.m., at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota. Jimenez will read passages from his recently published book, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard, a provocative, spellbinding reexamination about the life and death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was brutally murdered in 1998 in Wyoming. Jimenez’s book unravels, for the first time, the hidden complexities, motives, personalities and events surrounding this landmark crime. His thesis? Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated. The event, a partnership with WSLR, is free and open to the public. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the reading. For more information about this event, call 941-365-7900, or visit www.bookstore1sarasota.com.
In 1998, the world heard about the vicious murder of the 21-year-old, gay college student Matthew Shepard by two alleged strangers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, who were also 21. Eighteen hours after being seen with these men, Shepard was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, battered and barely alive. By the time Shepard died a few days later, the media had distilled his murder into a single, unblemished storyline: Matthew Shepard was randomly targeted and killed because he was gay. But who was the real Matthew Shepard? And, now that he’s become a larger-than-life symbol, does anyone care about the real person? Jimenez’ book is sure to stir new controversy and dialogue as it reexamines this crime and its cast of characters. The author offers an airtight case that Shepard was killed, not for being gay, but for far more murky and complicated motives.
“Stephen Jimenez spent 13 years researching this story and he makes a very strong case in this book,” says Georgia Court, the owner of Bookstore1 Sarasota. “I understand that his revelations will be controversial. Our goal is to create a dialogue. We’re creating a forum for the public to talk back to the author, ask questions, and pursue the truth wherever it may be found. As we see it, this isn’t ‘case closed.’ It’s the beginning of a healthy discussion that will continue for some time to come.”
Stephen Jimenez is an award-winning journalist, writer and producer. He is a 2012 Norman Mailer Nonfiction Fellow and has written and produced programs for ABC News 20/20, Dan Rather Reports, Nova, Fox, Court TV and others. His accolades include the Writers Guild of America Award, the Mongerson Award for Investigative Reporting, an Emmy, and several 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. Jimenez lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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