PMC and Dennis Lehane Highlighted in Boston Globe

Just Call Him Professor Lehane

This article originally appeared in the Boston Globe Names section on July 12, 2006, by Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan.

Even with Ben Affleck in town making a movie based on one of his books, Dennis Lehane's been keeping a low profile. In part, we're told, that's because the Dorchester native is hard at work on his next book. But it's also because he's busy with a new gig. Lehane has quietly joined the faculty at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, teaching wannabe writers enrolled in the school's low -residency MFA program. (Low-residency merely means you don't have to give up your day job to attend.) This isn't the first time Lehane has been paid to be a professor. The man who wrote "Mystic River" spent last year teaching creative writing at his alma mater Eckerd College in picturesque St. Petersburg, Fla. We couldn't reach the "Gone, Baby, Gone" author, but Pine Manor's peeps had a minute. "He's such an amazing writer and a very generous teacher," said Meg Kearney, director of creative writing programs at Pine Manor. "It's thrilling to have someone with his name recognition and talent. It's certainly a big draw for students." Wondering about Lehane's next book? He'll preview it Saturday, when he reads at Pine Manor.