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Capital University To Present an Evening with Dennis Lehane October 9

8/27/2014  - 

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Capital University’s prestigious Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities will extend its slate of acclaimed writers this year with An Evening with Dennis Lehane, award-winning novelist and screenwriter, on Thursday, October 9, in Mees Hall on Capital’s Bexley campus, 1 College and Main.


The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Lehane will speak at 7:30 pm, and a book-signing will follow. Get directions to Capital and view a campus map. Capital students and faculty will be treated to a more intimate conversation and question/answer session from 3 to 4 pm in the Bridge of Learning, located in Learning Center room 206.


Lehane’s visit to Capital University coincides with the release of The Drop, his latest novel set to publish September 2, and the basis of the major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Picture. The film, which will hit theaters September 12, is directed by Michaël Roskam, with screenplay by Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and the late James Gandolfini.


Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane, award-winning novelist and screenwriter.

While he’s no stranger to the lecture circuit, Lehane’s appearances at colleges and universities are less frequent. His Capital talk marks the author’s first Columbus appearance and will be tailored to students, fans, literature and film enthusiasts, and aspiring writers and filmmakers. Lehane will discuss his roots, how they influence him, and the circuitous path that he took to arrive in his current place in the world. His audience will leave with greater insight — and a few funny stories — of Lehane’s take on the literary and film worlds.


With his 10th novel, Live By Night, published in 2012, and his 12th, World Gone By, expected in spring 2015, Lehane is both prolific and acclaimed. His accolades include the Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America, which he earned for his debut novel, A Drink Before the War. Mystic River, one of Lehane’s novels adapted into award-winning films (Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island are the other two), won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, the Dilys Award from the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Live By Night was awarded the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year.


Lehane’s television credits include the HBO series The Wire, for which he was a staff writer, and the fourth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, on which he is a writer-producer.


A Boston native, Lehane’s success as a screenwriter and novelist was preceded by his work as counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children. He also has waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers, according to



Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities

Edward L. and Mary Catherine Gerhold established the Mary Catherine Gerhold Annual Lecture in the Humanities at Capital University to promote peace and human understanding through higher education. Past lecturers include A.S. Byatt, author of the Booker Prize-winning Possession, and Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Mountains Beyond Mountains. Funds from the endowment also support symposia, conferences, study projects and other scholarly activities in Mrs. Gerhold’s honor. The couple also established an endowed chair in the humanities at Capital. They were longtime Bexley residents, and Edward Gerhold was a lifelong Lutheran. The Gerholds were awarded honorary alumni status in 1996. Gerhold lecturers have been:


  • Journalist, author and essayist Richard Rodriguez — 2013
  • Writer, composer, visual artist and computer scientist Jaron Lanier – 2012 
  • Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author, Illustrator Art Spiegelman – 2011 
  • Booker Prize Winner Michael Ondaatje – 2010 
  • Booker Prize-Winning Author A.S. Byatt – 2009* 
  • Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy Kidder – 2007 


*The 2008 Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities was canceled due to severe weather. 


Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.