Visiting Author Scott James

ONLINE PROGRAM: Trial by Fire: A New Examination of The Station Nightclub Fire
A Conversation with Author Scott James and Local News Icon Pamela Watts

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 3- 4:00 PM

In his new book, Trial by Fire: A Devastating Tragedy, 100 Lives Lost, and a 15-Year Search for Truth, author Scott James explores The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 in 2003, the worst tragedy in recent Rhode Island history. After nearly two decades of silence, several central figures in the disaster share their versions of events for the first time, including the nightclub business owners who were convicted in the criminal case. James will be joined in conversation with veteran local news anchor Pamela Watts, who was among the first to break the news of the fire on that fateful day. The author will also take questions from viewers.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click here to register or contact the library for assistance at 401-943-9080 x3 or email The event link will be emailed prior to the program.

Scott James
is the bestselling author of the novels The Sower and SoMa, finalist for the national 
Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction, under the pen name Kemble Scott. With his weekly eponymous San Francisco column for The New York Times, James found stories that drew coverage from other national and international media, including The New Yorker, The London Times, The Guardian, and many more. He's been honored with three Emmy Awards for his work in television news. He lives in San Francisco, and is co-founder of The Castro Writers' Cooperative, known as The Coop, a co-working space for Bay Area writers. For more information:

Pamela Watts
is a New England journalism icon, a favorite local news anchor and reporter for three decades. She led news broadcasts on both ABC and CBS affiliates, plus launched WRNI, an affiliate of National Public Radio. She’s the recipient of two Emmy awards as top news anchor in New England and dozens of other journalism and broadcasting honors.

This event is presented as part of CPL's Visiting Author Series and is presented in partnership with Barrington Books.