Stephanie Schorow has written seven nonfiction books on Boston history, including Inside the Combat Zone: The Stripped Down Story of Boston's most Notorious Neighborhood; Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits; The Cocoanut Grove Fire; Boston on Fire; East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Island; and The Crime of the Century: How the Brink’s Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston. With co-author Beverly Ford, she wrote The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums and Hangouts and served as the editor of Boston's Fire Trail with the Boston Fire Historical Society. She currently coordinates a Citizen Journalism Program for Malden’s Urban Media Arts, teaches professional writing and editing at Lasell University in Newton, Mass., and serves as a communication writer for Ariadne Labs in Boston. She has worked as an editor and reporter for the Boston Herald, the Associated Press, and other newspapers. She is currently working on a book about the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and a novel, Cat Dreaming.
I will be reading from my novel in progress: Cat Dreaming is very loosely based on my years as a reporter and editor in the 1980s and early 1990s. More than just "Sex in the City with felines," Cat Dreaming uses humor and pathos – and a dose of surrealism -- to probe the inner demons that haunt even the most successful women and show how female friendship – and the mysterious power of cats – gives women strength.