Stephen Jimenez will discuss The Book of Matt at a Complimentary OPEN House Event

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Stephen Jimenez will discuss his New Book The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard at an OPEN House Event.  Rainy Day Books and the Publisher Steerforth Press are making a collaborative community contribution by making this a Complimentary OPEN House Event to encourage in-depth conversations on this controversial Murder Case.


"What if nearly everything you thought you knew about Matthew Shepard’s murder was wrong?  What if our most fiercely held convictions about the circumstances of that fatal night of October 6, 1998, have obscured other, more critical, aspects of the case?  None of this is idle speculation; it’s the fruit of years of dogged investigation by journalist Stephen Jimenez, himself gay.  In the course of his reporting, Jimenez interviewed over 100 subjects, including friends of Shepard and of his convicted killers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, as well as the killers themselves." ~ Aaron Hicklin, Editor-in-Chief of Out Magazine, in The Advocate

"The Book of Matt (is) this most detailed effort to rescue the protagonists from caricature, Jimenez does not polemicize or tread deeply into the psyches of the main figures.  Rather, he explores the drug-fueled world they inhabited, and evokes its thick air of violence." ~ JoAnn Wypijeski, who covered the Shepard murder for Harper's, in The Nation.  Link to full review: (

"Investigative Journalism at its relentless and compassionate best." ~ Kirkus Reviews


ABOUT STEPHEN JIMENEZ:  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 (Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism), 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.  Mr. Jimenez lives in Brooklyn, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

ABOUT THE BOOK OF MATT:  A provocative and spellbinding examination of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, nraveling for the first time the hidden complexities, motives, personalities and events surrounding this landmark American crime.  On a chilly October evening, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged "strangers," Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, also 21.  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, however, a politically expedient myth took the place of important facts in the case.  By the time Matthew died a few days later, his name was synonymous with anti-gay hate.  Vigils and protests were held in cities and towns across the nation. Hollywood celebrities, rock stars and Washington politicians eulogized Matthew and issued an urgent call for federal hate-crime legislation.  But above all, it was the media that reduced the crime to a single, unblemished storyline: Matthew Shepard was randomly targeted, robbed and killed because he was gay.  The murder was a lightning rod that quickly became a cause, while its all-too-human victim was transformed into a martyr, an icon, a new American hero.  But who was the real Matthew Shepard?  And now that he was larger than life, did anyone care?  The Book is sure to stir new controversy and 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.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Stephen Jimenez will discuss his New Book The Book of Matt and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  OPEN House Event.  Rainy Day Books and the Publisher Steerforth Press are making a collaborative community contribution by making this a Complimentary OPEN House Event to encourage in-depth conversations about this controversial Murder Case.

If you would like to Special Order an Author Autographed Hardcover of The Book of Matt for $26.00 plus Kansas Slaes Tax for Pick-Up at the Will Call Table of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  Walk-In's are Welcome.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will automatically have your Special Orders held at the Will Call Table of this Event if you are unable to pick them them up ahead of time.  The Book of Matt will be Published and available for purchase on and after September 24, 2013.  Your Special Order will be available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after this Date.

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
64112 Kansas City
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