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From searing stories of suspense to literary novels, historical fiction, and film and television scripts, no other writer today has such a wide-ranging body of work like Dennis Lehane. The international bestselling author and screenwriter is best known for his edgy, morally complex, and effortlessly masterful stories that often take place in his hometown of Boston. Now a resident of Los Angeles, many of Lehane’s novels have been adapted into award-winning films, including Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone, and the recently released prohibition-era drama Live by Night. His new book, Since We Fell, follows the psychological drama of Rachel Childs, a former journalist who after an on-air mental breakdown, must reckon with the truths of her new reality. Join us for a special evening with Lehane as he discusses his latest work, his dynamic storytelling, and genre-breaking career with fellow book and screen writer Attica Locke.

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the author of eleven previous novels, including the bestsellers Live By Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day. His novels have been translated into more than 30 languages and have become international bestsellers. Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and a writer-producer on the 4th season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. In January 2017 Live By Night will be released as a major motion picture directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. He lives in California.


Attica Locke

Attica Locke’s latest Pleasantville is the 2016 winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.  It was long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, and made numerous “Best of 2015” lists.  Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.  Her second book, The Cutting Season, is a national bestseller and the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.  A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Locke worked as a screenwriter before becoming a novelist. She was a writer and producer on the Fox drama, Empire.  She also serves on the board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.  A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.


Location

Writers Guild Theater
135 S Doheny Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Parking

Complementary parking for all ticket holders
Writers Guild Theatre Parking Structure
135 South Doheny Drive
Parking structure located just south of Wilshire. Look for signage and enter structure through the alley from Doheny.

Will Call

6:30 PM – Will call opens
7:00 PM – House doors
7:30 PM – Program begins

All tickets will be available for pick-up the night of the program at will call. Please bring a photo ID. Tickets are non-refundable.

 

The author will be present for a book signing following the program. 

 

Book Signing Policy:
ALOUD is one of many free programs at the Los Angeles Public Library made possible by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. At least one copy of the author’s book must be purchased from The Library Store in order to participate in our post-program book signing, and you will be asked to show proof of purchase. Please be prepared to show your proof of purchase when you enter the book signing line. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?

    As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park for ALOUD programs?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.