Poking a Tinderbox: the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and Stonewall 50
by Robert Fieseler – Reading & Lecture by Robert Fieseler, in person
Signed copies of the book will be available or sale
Free to attend. Suggested donation $5.
The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion this summer is causing a half-century look-back at the LGBT+ rights movement in America. Beneath the “triumphalist narrative” – that of the long but inevitable march to freedom – is a lost history of atrocities like the Up Stairs Lounge fire in 1973 New Orleans, which claimed 32 lives and then was forgotten. Robert W. Fieseler, author of the acclaimed book Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, will speak on the historic tragedy – the deadliest fire in New Orleans history – and the purpose of combating a glossy vision of our queer past.
Robert Fieseler will also give a presentation at Church of Our Savior MCC on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Church of Our Savior MCC is located at 303 E. Woolbright Rd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435.
About Robert Fieseler
Robert W. Fieseler is the acclaimed debut author of Tinderbox, a finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction and the Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime. Fieseler graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He lives with his husband in Boston and New Orleans.