March 11, 2015
Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, MA. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published nine more novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages, won the Edgar Award and many other honors, and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; and Live by Night. His next novel, World Gone By, will be published in March 2015. Three of Lehane's novels have been adapted into award-winning films. Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and is currently a writer-producer on the 4th season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The film "The Drop" (2014), featuring James Gandolfini in his last role, was inspired by an earlier short story by Lehane entitled "Animal Rescue," which he has expanded for publication as a paperback original novel. Lehane is also working on Ness, a drama series in development at WGN America. Before becoming a full-time writer, Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers.