Novelist Dennis Lehane is Friday dinner speaker

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​Best-selling author Dennis Lehane, known for novels such as “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone” that have been adapted into award-winning films, will be the Friday dinner speaker at the MMA Annual Meeting on Jan. 19 in Boston.
 
Born and raised in Dorchester, Lehane, 52, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, loaded tractor-trailers and worked as a children’s counselor before he published his first novel, “A Drink Before the War,” in 1994.
 
Lehane has published 13 novels and one collection of short stories. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages.
 
He has also written for the acclaimed television series “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” both on HBO.
 
Lehane’s novels often portray the sensibility and struggles of working class Boston, while weaving in suspenseful mysteries where the conclusions reveal as much about the characters as they do about the mystery itself.
 
“Mystic River” won the Dilys Award from the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, the Anthony Award and Barry Award for Best Novel, and France’s Prix Mystere de la Critique. It was also a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Winship Award.
 
Adapted for the screen in 2003, “Mystic River” earned six Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture, and won Best Actor (Sean Penn) and Best Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins). Lehane won the USC Scripter Ward for the adaptation and was nominated for Best Motion Picture Screenplay alongside screenwriter Brian Helgeland.
 
Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime novel “Live By Night” won the 2013 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Novel of the Year and the gold medal for general fiction in the annual Florida Book Awards.
 
“Live By Night” was also adapted for the screen, along with “Shutter Island” and “The Drop.”
 
For his work on “The Wire,” along with the rest of the cast and crew, Lehane won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series.
 
He has also been nominated for Best Writing in a Drama Series by the Online Film and Television Association for his work on “Boardwalk Empire,” and won Best Screenplay at San Sebastián International Film Festival for “The Drop.”
 
His first novel, “A Drink Before the War,” won the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.
 
Lehane is currently writing and producing the television adaptation of Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes” and has two dramatic series in development for DirecTV.
 
His latest book is the psychological thriller “Since We Fell,” released this past May.