East End Books Boston Seaport Presents: Federico Erebia "Pedro & Daniel" in Conv. w/ Lesléa Newman "Always Matt" Thursday November 30th at 6pm.
This book event is being held at our Boston Bookstore: 300 Pier 4 Blvd. (next to the ICA Museum & Woods Hill Pier 4 Restaurant).
Get your tickets Here: Federico Erebia "Pedro & Daniel" in Conv. w/ Lesléa Newman "Always Matt" Tickets, Thu, Nov 30, 2023 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite
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About the Event
Federico Erebia is a retired physician, artist, woodworker, author, and illustrator. His artisanry, woodwork, furniture design, and books have been featured in magazines, newspapers, radio, and television. He is an active member of several writing groups. Pedro & Daniel is his debut novel. He lives in Massachusetts with his husband, and their westie and whippet.
Lesléa Newman is the author of 80 books for readers of all ages, including the novel-in-verse October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; the short story collection A Letter to Harvey Milk; the dual memoir-in-verse I Carry My Mother and I Wish My Father; the picture books Sparkle Boy and The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; and the children's classic Heather Has Two Mommies. Her honors and literary awards include the Matthew Shepard Foundation Making a Difference Award, a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship, two American Library Association Stonewall Honors, two National Jewish Book Awards, the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award, and the Massachusetts Book Award. From 2008-10, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Seven of her poems from October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard are included in the libretto of Considering Matthew Shepard, a fusion oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson. Newman lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Pedro & Daniel
Pedro and Daniel are Mexican-American brothers growing up in 1970s Ohio. Their mom doesn't like that Pedro is a spitting image of their darker-skinned father, that Daniel plays with dolls, that neither of the boys love sports like the other kids in their neighborhood. Life at home can be rough - but the boys have an unshakable bond that will last their entire lives.
Pedro & Daniel is a sweeping and deeply personal novel - illustrated with beautiful linework throughout by Julie Kwon - that spans from childhood to teenage years to adulthood, all the while tracing the lives of two brothers who are there for each other when no one else is. Together the brothers manage an abusive home life, school, coming out, first loves, first jobs, and the AIDS epidemic, in a coming-of-age story unlike any other.
P R A I S E
★ "Pedro and Daniel's journey, whether together or apart, is an unforgettable one of resilience and, most of all, love. Stunning."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Luminous. Riveting. Uplifting and heart-wrenching."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A powerful coming-of-age story that is unforgettable."
"Artistically ambitious and unflinchingly personal...shines with the depiction of connection, love, and overcoming adversity."
"A multi-layered and nuanced story."
--School Library Connection
A poignant tribute to the life of Matthew Shepard and his legacy in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, honoring the formation of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which dedicates its mission to erasing hate
On the night of October 6, 1998, in Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Wayne Shepard (1976-1998) was brutally killed solely because he was gay. It was a shocking murder that was nationally covered in the media, and it became a rallying cry for the LGBTQ+ rights movement. In 2009, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed by President Barack Obama, expanding the federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
With a foreword by Jason Collins--the first openly gay active player in the NBA--and written by Lesléa Newman--author of the Stonewall Honor-winning novel-in-verse October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard and a friend of the Shepard family-- Always Matt is an emotional yet ultimately hopeful look at the progress that's been made, as well as the work that still continues, in advocating for the dignity and equality of all people.
Without shying away from the pain and tragedy of his death, Newman's moving, lyrical prose and Brian Britigan's simple color line drawings present a celebration of his incredible life. Matthew's story still resonates for those who lived through it, and remains a vital piece of LGBTQ+ history for younger generations to learn.