Press Release -- April 2, 2015



Ellen Flanagan Kenny Massachusetts Center for the Book 617-872-3718 (Beacon St.);

Local Book Lovers Turn out for “The Fife is Right”

A lively crowd of Beantown bibliophiles recently turned out for “The Fife is Right,” an annual history quiz show hosted by Old South Meeting House.  This year’s challenge focused on Boston’s literary history, and while the event was held on April 1, the fast-paced trivia questions tolerated no fools.

Two teams of experts included Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director of Mass Center for the Book; Louisa May Alcott (a costumed Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House); Henry David Thoreau (costumed historian Richard Smith); L’Merchie Frazier, Director of Education and Interpretation at Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket; Larry Lindner, author and coordinator of the Boston Literary District; and Barry DeVincke, Boston walking tour guide.

Local historian Susan Wilson moderated the competition, with fifer Daniel Moylan providing musical backup.   A knowledgeable audience supported the literary experts through “lifelines” and votes, and the entertaining evening concluded with everyone in attendance learning more about the deep literary roots of the Hub.