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December 1, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Virtual: The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Author Stephanie Schorow will discuss her new book, "The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire: A Boston Tragedy".

About The Book: On November 28, 1942, fire roared through Boston's famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub during what was supposed to be a high-spirited Saturday night. By midnight, more than five hundred people were dead, dying, or maimed for life. Local author Stephanie Schorow probes the club's history, the circumstances leading to the fire, and the tragedy's lingering impact. The inferno reached deep into the city's social structure -- its politics, medical care, law enforcement, and religious life -- and touched nearly everyone in the Boston area, even those who had never set foot in the club. In this newly updated and revised edition, Schorow has added new information, photographs, interviews and insights on the worst nightclub fire in American history.

About The Author: Stephanie Schorow is a journalist, writing instructor and the author or coauthor of seven books on Boston history, including The Great Boston Fire: The Inferno that Nearly Incinerated the City; Inside the Combat Zone: The Stripped Down Story of Boston's Most Notorious Neighborhood; Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits; Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston; East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Island; The Crime of the Century: How the Brink's Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston; and, with Beverly Ford, The Boston Mob Guide: Hitmen, Hoodlum and Hideouts. She has worked as an editor and reporter for the Boston Herald and the Associated Press. Learn more about Schorow HERE.

NOTE: This program will be recorded and available to view on the Ashland Library's YouTube Channel. 

Please register for this event and you'll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails - make sure to check your spam folder for them. The email will be coming from Zoom. 

This virtual event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library and a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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