It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Dennis Lehane’s work that the novelist is a true Boston native, born and raised in Dorchester. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published nine more books that have been translated into more than thirty languages and become international bestsellers. Three of his novels–Mystic River, Gone, Baby Gone, and Shutter Island–were adapted into critically acclaimed films, all set or filmed in Massachusetts. His most recent book is the award-winning Live by Night, and he is currently a writer-producer on the fourth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. “[Lehane] deserves to be included among the most interesting and accomplished American novelists of any genre or category…” (Washington Post Book World)

Lehane shares the story of going from waiting tables, parking cars, and loading tractor-trailers in Dorchester to becoming a novelist and screenwriter, rubbing elbows with Hollywood greats.

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