Carnegie Mellon Press Release: March 30, 2004
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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
March 30, 2004

"Mystic River" Author To Speak At Carnegie Mellon's Adamson Awards

PITTSBURGH—Dennis Lehane, whose novel "Mystic River" was made into an Oscar-nominated motion picture, will be the guest speaker at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, when the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University holds its annual Adamson Awards to honor student writers.

Lehane is the author of seven novels. He was born and raised in Dorchester, Mass. Before becoming a full-time writer, Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores and loaded tractor-trailers. He now lives in the Boston area.

The film adaptation of "Mystic River" was directed by Clint Eastwood, and the movie garnered six Academy Award nominations, including best picture. The film earned Sean Penn and Tim Robbins Oscars for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively, the first Academy Awards for both men.

The Adamson Awards will take place in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall. The Adamson Awards honor student writers for their work in fiction, poetry, screen writing and non-fiction. Awards include the Pauline Adamson Awards, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Margaret Smith Cushing Award and the Carnegie Mellon University Press Prize.

The Adamson Awards are supported by an endowment from the Adamson family that was set up in memory of Pauline Adamson, an alumna of the Department of English, which organizes the annual awards ceremony.

The Adamson Awards are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Carnegie Mellon English Department at 412-268-2850.


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