Tom Perrotta talks ‘dream team’ and ‘Leftovers’

Best-selling local author Tom Perrotta talked about his books — and his upcoming HBO show — at an event for Boston Globe subscribers in Dorchester on Wednesday night. The TV adaptation of Perrotta’s suburban, apocalyptic novel “The Leftovers,” which stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and former “Doctor Who” actor Christopher Eccleston, will premiere next summer. Perrotta said he’s been traveling between Massachusetts and Los Angeles to work on the series, which is being helmed by former “Lost” executive producer Damon Lindelof. Perrotta said, “I only went to HBO. HBO only went to Damon. So it’s kind of a dream team.” Perrotta, whose novels “Election” and “Little Children” were also adapted for screen, signed copies of his short story collection “Nine Inches,” which was released in September, after the event, which was moderated by the Globe’s Matthew Gilbert in his new role as book critic.

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