Arts and Humanities Festival (AH FEST)

The Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (AH FEST) began in 2001 under the leadership of Richard Charles Ford and Muskegon Community College to celebrate, acknowledge, and examine into the world of ideas as they are expressed in the arts and humanities. Each year ideas tied to a certain theme are explored through literature, theater, music, discussion panels, art exhibits, films and many other events throughout the month of October.

Dennis Lehane (photo credit Ashleigh-Faye Beland)

Dennis Lehane (photo credit Ashleigh-Faye Beland)

One Community/One Author!
One Community/Four Films!
Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26

In honor of AH FEST 2016 and all things Dennis Lehane, please read a Dennis Lehane book in September and/or October, then, come out to hear and meet the author on Oct. 27. Dennis Lehane books are available at Barnes and Noble.

Films based on Dennis Lehane novels will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Wednesdays in October. All the films are free and open to the public. Each will be followed with a brief discussion.

All films will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art, where there will be a cash bar for beer and wine, along with free popcorn. All films begin at 6 p.m. Please do not be late. The doors will be closed very close to 6 p.m.

Mystic River movie posterOct. 5 – Mystic River (2003)
A mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars  Academy Award winners Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, along with Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. The screenplay by Brian Helgeland was based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane.
Gone Baby Gone movie posterOct. 12 – Gone Baby Gone (2008)
A mystery film directed by Ben Affleck (in his feature-length directorial debut) and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane.
Shutter Island movie posterOct. 19 – Shutter Island (2010)
An American neo-noir mystery psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Drop movie posterOct. 26 – The Drop (2014)
American crime drama film directed by Michaël R. Roskam, from a screenplay written by Dennis Lehane. The film is based on Lehane’s 2009 short story “Animal Rescue.” Lehane also adapted the script into a 2014 novel of the same name. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in his final role.

For questions, please contact Mary Tyler, Chair of the Muskegon Writers’ Series, at (231) 777-0327 or

Dennis Lehane (photo credit Diana Lucas Leavengood)

Dennis Lehane (photo credit Diana Lucas Leavengood)

Muskegon Writers’ Series presents

Mystery and Crime Fiction writer Dennis Lehane . . . Live!

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Frauenthal Theater

Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music by the Tim Johnson Jazz Group, book sales, and beer and wine sales in the theater lobby. General Admission ($20) or students with valid I.D. ($12). Tickets are available at Frauenthal Theater Box Office, 1 (800) 585-3737 or the Muskegon Community College English Department (Room 154) between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (231) 777-0371. The event is made possible by a grant from George and Betty Hilt.

A Boston native, Dennis Lehane won the Shamus Award for his first novel, A Drink Before the War. Since then, he has published 12 more novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and have become international bestsellers:

  • Darkness
  • Take My Hand
  • Scared
  • Gone, Baby, Gone
  • Prayers for Rain
  • Mystic River
  • Shutter Island
  • The Given Day
  • Moonlight Mile
  • The Drop, and
  • Live by Night

Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and a writer-producer on the fourth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He currently has three dramatic series in development at HBO, Showtime, and WGN America.

“[Lehane] deserves to be included among the most interesting and accomplished American novelists of any genre or category . . .” Washington Post Book World

Previous AH FEST Annual Festival Themes:

2015 Myth and Reality
2014 About Time
2013 Faith and Reason
2012 The Future
2011 Home
2010 Self
2009 You & Me
2008 Tradition & Change
2007 Need & Want
2006 Art & Entertainment
2005 Technology & Humanity
2004 Freedom & Privacy
2003 Work & Play
2002 Good & Evil
2001 Friendship & Community