The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire, Revised Edition A Boston Tragedy by Stephanie Schorow. On November 28, 1942, fire roared through Boston’s famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub during a busy Saturday night. By midnight, more than 500 people were dead or maimed. Local author Stephanie Schorow probed the club’s history, the circumstances leading up to the fire, and the tragedy’s lingering impact on the community. In this newly updated and revised edition, Schorow has added new photographs, interviews and insights into the worst nightclub fire in American history. Paperback.