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Lehane Drops By

If you love great writing... great movies... great books... you'll want to be at the Jean Cocteau Cinema this Saturday.   We've got another amazing event lined up for those of you in Santa Fe and its suburbs (you know, Los Alamos, Espanola, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque), and any lucky tourists passing through.  DENNIS LEHANE will be here, and he's bringing THE DROP.

If you don't know Lehane... well, what rock have you been hiding under?  He's the author of GONE BABY GONE, MYSTIC RIVER, and SHUTTER ISLAND, all of which have been made into terrific movies... but the novels are even better.  He's also written some other novels that haven't been made into movies (yet), and those are just as good.    My favorite is THE GIVEN DAY, a historical about the Boston Police Strike.  He's also done screenplays and teleplays, including some great episodes of BOARDWALK EMPIRE and THE WIRE.

Dennis has a new novel just out: THE DROP.  And the movie will soon follow.  VERY soon, like this month.  Simultaneous release, something I can't think I've ever seen before.  THE DROP stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and the late great James Gandolfini.  Here's a taste.

Anyway, we'll have the book, the movie, AND the author.

Saturday 6:00 we'll have an author event with Dennis, the usual mix of reading, interview, Q&A, and booksigning.  We'll talk about THE DROP, his other books, his TV work, whatever you want to talk about, and of course we'll have books for signing.  Free admission with purchase of a hardcover, $5 with purchase of a paperback, $10 admission without a book purchase.

At 8:00 pm we'll have a sneak preview screening of the film.  FREE, first come first seating.

And of course we'll have beer, wine, cocktails, and the best popcorn in the state, as ever.

I'll be there.  Hope you will too.


Sep. 11th, 2014 06:36 am (UTC)
I love Lehane's work - he's definitely one of the best mystery writers, and imbues all his work with an incredible sense of place. Now just to decide whether to read the book or see the film first!
Sep. 11th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
One of the things that I find interesting about his development as a writer is how the first book - at least the first one with the detectives from Gone Baby Gone - is very much like a Walter Mosley book. But he pretty much shook off that comparison by the second book and got his own style and voice.

(and now Walter Mosley could write a few more books that are like Walter Mosley books instead of whatever he's doing now)
Sep. 11th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
Just thought..
I'd drop by your "Not a Blog" and say hello!


Mary Ellen Wofford
Sep. 11th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
Wish I didn't live 2000+ miles away
Cause I'd be there.

Heck, I'd be a regular.
Sep. 11th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
I wished I lived in Santa Fe. Would've been a Jean Cocteau regular.
Richard Pitts
Sep. 11th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
"but the novels are even better"
Funny, I tell everyone I know who talks about Game of Thrones on HBO the exact same thing.
Sep. 11th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
"We've got another amazing event lined up for those of you in Santa Fe and its suburbs (you know, Los Alamos, Espanola, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque),"

You just made this Albuquerque native (ok, unincorporated Bernalillo County/Alameda native) chuckle.
Sep. 11th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great event. Too bad Santa Fe is so far from NYC. :(

The movie is based on an older short story of Lehane's, so I imagine the simultaneous release is possible since he's reworking and expanding something he already wrote. He got to adapt the same short story into both a screenplay and a novel, which I think would be interesting to hear about during the interview/Q&A.

"The Given Day" is my favorite of his books as well.
Sep. 11th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
I have seen all of those films, but sadly have not yet read the novels. Both the film and book of this new story look quite good! Another book of his worthy of note (this from a friend) is Live by Night.
Sep. 11th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
To this day I am still pissed off about the ending of Gone Baby Gone.
Sep. 11th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
Love everything Lehane has written. Wish I could be there.

Slightly (un)related: George I've always wanted to know, are you a James Ellroy fan? He's got a new one out too, called Perfidia, and it's set in L.A. starting on December 6, 1941. You can guess where it goes from there.
Sep. 12th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Yes, I like Ellroy's work, though I haven't read all of it. Very intense stuff. And people claim I'm dark...
Sep. 12th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
Can you also send the thanks of at least one crazy Pit Bull lady in NY that he used gorgeous "blue nose" pit bull puppies in the film instead of yet another Labrador or more socially acceptable type of dog? He took the story of redemption a step further when he let his main character fall in love with a "dangerous" dog like a pit bull, and we in the pit community appreciate the realism in the decision. :) It illustrates one of our biggest mottos about BSL and just killing some kinds of dogs, "Blame the deed, not the breed."
Sep. 12th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
About that...
I recall hurling Mystic River across the room when I finished it (it was a hardback too!). I was so damn angry at the ending. So, if you think of it, please thank Mr LeHane for me.
Sep. 15th, 2014 12:42 am (UTC)
We had a great evening with Dennis Lehane last night. Sellout crowds for both the author event and the advance screening of THE DROP that followed (well, the movie was free, so I suppose it wasn't a sellout, but you get the idea). And Dennis could not have been more charming. He's as good a storyteller in person as he is in his books.

And he signed a ton of stock for us. So if you're a Lehane fan and you're looking an autographed book, contact my friends at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.
Sep. 16th, 2014 06:56 am (UTC)
I saw The Drop at the Toronto Film Festival. It was terrific. James Gandolfini was wonderful, as was Tom Hardy. Well worth seeing. I didn't know there was a book, much less a simultaneous release!


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