– Massachusetts author Dennis Lehane has turned out a string of gritty novels that have been turned into gritty films, including “Mystic River,” “Gone, Baby, Gone,” and “Shutter Island.” He’ll be giving a free talk Friday night at the Rines Auditorium, in the recently renovated Portland Public Library.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland. 871-1700.

HOW MUCH: Free