The Belmont Public Library is pleased to announce that the book Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo has been selected for the 2011 One Book One Belmont (OBOB). A wide range of community groups are working with the library to sponsor events related to the book throughout the month of March. The author is scheduled to speak in Belmont the evening of March 24, 2011.
The book tells the story of the collapse of a giant molasses tank that sent more than 2 million gallons of molasses surging through the North End, killing 21 people and causing widespread destruction. Molasses, made into industrial-grade alcohol, was used to develop munitions for World War I. The impact of the molasses flood on individual lives is explored in the context of sweeping changes brought about by World War I, Prohibition, the anarchist movement, immigration, and the expanding role of big business in society.
The OBOB Planning Committee, made up of representatives of the library and various town departments and commissions, selected the book because of its compelling drama and its exploration of historical themes still relevant to our lives today. Please contact the reference desk at 617-993-2870 if you would like to request a copy of the book. For more information about the author and the book, see www.stephenpuleo.com.