Thur. Oct. 5th @ 7pm: Dick Lehr

Come hear Dick Lehr discuss his new novel, Trell, “inspired by the true story of a young man’s false imprisonment for murder—and those who fought to free him.” (Candlewick Press). The author, known for Whitey and Black Mass, was on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team that brought the wrongful conviction to light.

Thursday, October 5th
7pm, Library Assembly Room

Former reporter Lehr (Black Mass) recounts a suspenseful story inspired by a case he investigated in the 1980s.” – Publishers Weekly

In a Boston swirling with racial tensions and public corruption, a story of false imprisonment based in fact, from a longtime investigative journalist.” Kirkus Reviews

“Trell is an appealingly gutsy heroine whose belief in her father is strong enough to drag an attorney and a down-on-his-luck journalist into her orbit…Younger YA readers will enjoy this fast-paced thriller.”—School Library Journal


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Dick Lehr, author of Trell (2017), The Birth of a Nation (2014), Whitey (2013), The Fence (2009), Black Mass (2001), Judgment Ridge (2003), & The Underboss (1989).

Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University. From 1985 to 2003, he was a reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting and won numerous regional and national journalism awards. He served as the Globe’s legal affairs reporter, magazine and feature writer, and as a longtime member of the newspaper’s investigative reporting unit, the Spotlight Team. Before that, Lehr, who is also an attorney, was a reporter at The Hartford Courant.

Lehr is the author of The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston’s Racial Divide, a non-fiction narrative about the worst known case of police brutality in Boston, which was an Edgar Award finalist for best non-fiction. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal, and its sequel, Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss.

Lehr was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 1991-1992. He lives outside Boston with his wife and four children.