In the 1970s, a series of suspicious fires plagued Boston residents, leaving several dead and even more homeless. The tenants’ cries for arson investigations were dismissed, as arson was hard to prosecute and arson for profit was business-as-usual across the nation. A brave group of community activists refused to be silent victims. Their hard work revealed a shocking pattern in the fires and it was enough to convince the state to prosecute and eventually convict thirty-two men in a conspiracy bigger than anyone suspected.
In addition to Drinking Boston, Stephanie Schorow is the author behind Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston and The Cocoanut Grove Fire, making her an ideal panel member for the event. Head to Jerry Remy’s from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. to hear the panel, watch the movie’s trailer, and meet some of the film’s characters. While you’re there, don’t forget to buy a copy of Drinking Boston. The book introduces readers to the cast of characters who championed or vilified drinking and the places where they imbibed—legally and otherwise. Bringing us to present day, this literary pub crawl visits some of Boston’s most beloved and enduring neighborhood barrooms, ending with an examination of Boston’s very own recipe for the current cocktail renaissance sweeping the nation—the innovators, the hotspots, and the uncompromising dedication to craft.