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Steve enthusiastically supports book clubs and often meets with those that are reading his books. If your group is reading any of Steve’s books, send a photo and information about your club to Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org (If you include Steve’s book in the photo — even better!)
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Download a PDF of Dark Tide discussion questions
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Download a PDF of The Boston Italians discussion questions
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Celebrating books for 25 years in Provo, Utah
The Erudite Book Club of Provo, Utah, selected Dark Tide as its topic for May 2010. The club, which has been together for 25 years, chooses only nine books each year, “so it is very important that we select only the best books!” says club President Virginia Bryson. “We all enjoyed Dark Tide and felt you did a wonderful job describing the real-life characters,” she says. “We garnered a lot of information about the state of the United States during that time. The actual molasses flood was almost secondary to the insights we gained regarding terrorism, effects of the war, and socioeconomic conditions. It was a very exciting and educational discussion.” Club members, pictured above, enjoyed a Boston-themed meal, including Boston baked beans, cooked with molasses, and a tea party with molasses cookies dunked in beautiful china teacups.
A book club dinner and molasses cookie recipe
Steve met with the book club from Donovan, Sullivan & Ryan, a financial services firm based in Westwood, Massachusetts, to discuss Dark Tide. The group toured the molasses flood site in Boston’s North End, and then enjoyed a delicious dinner at L’Osteria restaurant. Members of the club presented Steve with a bottle of wine and a molasses cookie recipe, which he is happy to share here.
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
4 Tbsp. molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine sugar, butter, molasses, and egg. Mix well. Combine dry ingredients and add to mixture. Mix well and drop by tablespoon on ungreased cookie sheets. Press down on cookies with glass bottom dipped in flour. Bake at 350 degrees, 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!