Having your book turned into a major motion picture is a dream for many writers, but a reality for Casey Sherman. The Hyannis, Mass. native and New York Times best-selling author has been a household name in Boston years, known for his books like A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler; Black Irish; and Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains.
Last year, The Finest Hours, which he co-wrote with Michael J. Tougias, hit the big screen featuring Casey Affleck, Eric Bana and Chris Pine to chronicle the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue. His latest book, Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy, which he co-wrote with Dave Wedge, describes the horrific account of the Boston Marathon bombings.
We caught up recently with Sherman to find out what he loves most about Boston.
Where were you born: Hyannis, Massachusetts
How long in Boston: 25 years
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Occupation: Writer, Film Producer, Carpool Dad
Favorite Restaurant: Abe & Louie’s
Best Chinese: Empire in the Seaport
Best Italian: Strega Waterfront, The meatballs are a full meal unto themselves.
Best dessert: Modern Pastry Shop. Grab n’ go. Munch on a cannoli and walk along Hanover Street. Perfection.
Best place for a romantic date: The Boston Public Library is the most romantic place in the city. You can hold hands or steal a kiss while exploring art, architecture, and rare manuscripts.
Best Coffee: Sugar Bowl Café, Dorchester. Great place to sip and write
Best Sunday brunch: Café Fleuri. I have a sweet tooth.
Best place for a power business meeting: The Bar at Taj Boston
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Liberty Hotel, formerly the Charles Street Jail. You can sleep in luxury on murderer’s row and get sprung in the morning.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Bobby from Boston in the South End
Favorite Bookstore: Harvard Coop
Best Spa: Bliss at the W Hotel
Favorite Charity Event: Red Carpet Gala for the Ellie Fund
Favorite Cultural Event: Marathon Monday
Favorite Cultural Institution: Bukowski Tavern
Best Steakhouse: Alba in Quincy
Best Pizza: NEBO. The Pallotta sisters rock!
Best Lunch: Cask N’ Flagon. Owner Dana Van Fleet will treat you well.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: YMCA Oak Square
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Dav El Chauffeured Car Service
Best Museum/Exhibit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – a great collection of art and the scene of an historic crime
Best Landmark: Edgar Allan Poe statue at the corner of Boylston & Charles
Describe Boston in three words: Hardened, Historic, Happening
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Room 615 at the Hotel Buckminster where Boston gambler Joe “Sport” Sullivan convinced the Chicago White Sox to throw the World Series in 1919. Cue up Field of Dreams.
All-around favorite spot in Boston: The Public Garden any time of year
Best Aspect of Boston: There’s nothing artificial about Boston. It’s the truest city in America.