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What's Happening NOW 

Fall is upon us and it's a great time to enjoy reading. 

Upcoming Presentations, Readings, and Book Signing

SPECIAL EVENT Boston Harbor Islands Adventure Author Talk at Lowell Cemetery
Sunday, Sept. 24,  2—3 p.m. 
Talbot Chapel at Lowell Cemetery

77 Knapp Ave., Lowell
What happens when four women from Lowell society decide to leave their restrictive 19th-century lives behind and escape to a remote island in Boston Harbor for 17 days? In a new book, A Boston Harbor Islands Adventure: The Great Brewster Journal of 1891, Boston-based author Stephanie Schorow and a team of volunteers -- including Lowell historian Martha Mayo, brings us to the island with them, using their remarkable journal as our guide.

The lecture, sponsored jointly by the Lowell Historical Society, the Pollard Memorial Library and the Lowell Cemetery, will take place in the Talbot Chapel at the Lowell Cemetery, where the women are buried,  on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the book will also be available at the event.

Space in the chapel is limited and attendees must register, in advance, to reserve a seat.

Please make your reservation starting August 1 and no later than Friday, September 15, 2023.


Boston Harbor Islands Book Signing and Talk

I AM Books, Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. 

124 Salem St., Boston  

Details to come. 


A Boston Harbor Islands Adventure

Medford Public Library, Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 to 8 p.m. 

In 1891, four intrepid women from Lowell sailed to a remote island in Boston Harbor for a 17-day escape from New England's prim and proper society. Calling themselves the Scribe, the Aristocrat, the Acrobat, and the Autocrat, the women rusticated in a cottage on Great Brewster Island, reveling in the chance to shed their identities of wife, mother, and daughter. Relive their sojourn through their remarkable journal, filled with observations, illustrations, photographs, and poetry, reproduced by Stephanie Schorow and the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands.

Registration begins Sept. 1.


The Great Boston Fire: An Illustrated Lecture 

Northborough Historical Society, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. 

52 Main St., Northborough 

Stephanie Schorow will share the harrowing story of how close Boston came to total destruction in 1872. Her talk will capture the drama of life and death as the heroic firefighters battled the flames as they worked to protect the city.


A Boston Harbor Islands Adventure

Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston Public Library, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m.

30 South Street, Boston

In an illustrated lecture on the book, Schorow will explore the journal's discovery, its intriguing entries and

photographs, and how volunteer researchers managed to identify the writers. This event is sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.



Giving a talk on the Combat Zone, complete with boa 

If you are interested in having me speak to your organization, school or community group about Boston's Combat Zone, Boston's drinking history, the Boston Harbor Islands, Boston fire history, the infamous Brink's robbery or a related topic, please email me at sschorow (at) comcast.net



Here's what I talk about:


The Tragedy of the Cocoanut Grove Fire
This 1942 nightclub fire killed nearly 500 people and burned through the heart of Boston. Stephanie recounts the events that led to the fire, its investigation and its enduring mysteries. New information continues to come forward and Stephanie brings the latest to life. She also leaves time for people to share their stories of the Grove, making for a moving, interactive event.


Inside the Combat Zone: The Stripped Down Story of Boston’s most notorious neighborhood
Boston has always been known for its stiff character. So how did this great New England city become home to one of the largest and most notorious adult entertainment districts in the nation? In this talk based on two years of research, veteran reporter Stephanie Schorow teases out the issues that created this controversial neighborhood, giving voice to the players who sought to tame or profit from the sleaze snaking its way through Boston. At turns comic and tragic, Schorow introduces us to the politicians, exotic dancers, and wise guys, and residents brought together by the adult entertainment district—a five-acre neighborhood the city engineered to contain the very porno plague it wanted to eliminate. Meet the nun-turned-attorney who advocated for the First Amendment rights of adult bookstores, a dancer called “the thinking man’s stripper,” and Boston’s unofficial city censor. For these people and thousands of others, the Combat Zone is more than a memory—it was a life-altering adventure.

Drinking Boston: A historical pub crawl through the taverns, speakeasies and nightclubs of Boston.
From the drama of the "Blue Blazer" to the mystery of the "Ward 8," Stephanie serves up a cocktail of pop culture, history and anecdotes. Couple this with dinner and drinks and you'll have event that will have people talking. The talk covers Boston's drinking history, beginning in the Colonial period and continuing through Prohibition and into Boston's craft cocktail scene.

The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums and Hideouts
With partner-in-crime Beverly Ford, Stephanie takes a walk on Boston's wild side with the bad boys of the Hub. The gals trace the history of organized crime in Boston from its roots in the 1910s and 1920s in Irish and Jewish neighborhoods to Whitey Bulger and his convictions. With photos, films and a “mobster flow sheet,” they talk about characters such as Frank “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, Joseph “The Animal” Barbozo, and the Angiulo family. With compassion for victims as well as intriguing details on the mobsters, Bev and Stephanie paint an indelible portrait of murder and mayhem in the Hub.

Fire! Boston Burning
Stephanie talks about fire history and how it shaped Boston, taking a walk down Boston’s “Fire Trail.” This includes the tale of the burning of the Urusline convent in Charlestown in the 1830s, the Broad Street Riots. and the invention of the first fire alarm system. We look at the conflagration that devastated Boston like a nuclear bomb: The 1872 Great Boston Fire Boston. And we examine the Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942. We hear about the history of the inferno and recent developments, including an upcoming documentary and an effort to better memorialize the site.

The Crime of the Century: The Brink's Job
In January of 1950, a band of misfit thieves broke into the Brink's armored car headquarters in Boston's North End and pulled off the largest robbery in U.S. history. The Crime of the Century went unsolved for six years and police only cracked the case when one of the robbers turned stool pigeon. Much of the money was never recovered. Stephanie uses historical images, FBI evidence, movie clips and humor to bring the story of the Brink's heist to life.

To see videos of various presentations, go to the Works section of this Web site and click on one of the books listed. To schedule a lecture, please email me at sschorow (at) comcast (dot) net


The  Boston Erotic Literary Festival, Held on Oct 17, 2020. 


I spoke about the Combat Zone at  Boston's first erotic literary festival, featuring: racy readings, performances, talks, lectures, and an open mic. The free one-and-a-half hour festival, staged live via Zoom and Facebook for free, paid tribute to the art of writing about sex with flare, verve, and good grammar. It probed Boston's notorious past where everything supposedly banned in Boston was on full display. The agenda included readings, performances, history lectures, a 10-minute session on how to write a literary sex scene, and an open mic.

The organizers didn't guarantee everything will be in good taste but they did  promise an event that will be lively, funny, and educational.



Here's a link to video of the event. I am on at about the 30.08 mark.