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New York City - Edgar Awards Finalist Symposium

Symposium and signing: http://www.theedgars.com/symposium.html

Reality Bites: Extracting Stories from Actual Events — Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Regency Room

Life may be stranger than fiction—or it might just give writers lots of ideas. How do writers borrow from reality? Moderator: Joseph Goodrich (2008 Edgar Best Play Winner – Panic)

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7:00 PM19:00

New York City - Triangle Awards Finalist Reading

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Reading and signing: http://publishingtriangle.org/

Finalists’ reading — Bureau of General Services/Queer Division, 2nd floor

A list of readers will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Free; optional contribution to the Bureau of General Services. Books by the readers will be on sale.

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6:00 PM18:00

Boston - Boston Athenaeum: In Conversation with Jeremy Hobson

In the legendary Long Room of the Boston Athenaeum, the historic membership library where Robert Fieseler wrote Tinderbox, Robert will engage in a spirit discussion with Jeremy Hobson, co-host of NPR’s Here & Now. https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/6445/tinderbox-untold-story-stairs-lounge-fire-and-rise-gay-liberation

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1:00 PM13:00

New Orleans - Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

Book panel and signing: http://sasfest.org/

AND (SOCIAL) JUSTICE FOR ALL — Hotel Monteleone, Lobby Level, Royal Salon D

These noted panelists discuss the quest for social justice in historical and contemporary times. Robert W. Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Upstairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, describes a turning point in the way we look at gay lives, respond to hate crimes, and work toward a better future. Anne-christine d’Adesky chronicles her life of activism in The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris, as well as in Moving Mountains: The Race to Treat Global AIDS. Lawyer Elizabeth F. Schwartz reports from the front lines of the legal struggle for same-sex marriage in book such as Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise. Richard Schneider Jr., editor of the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, talks about 25 years of writing about these issues. Moderated by Frank Perez, author and President of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. Sponsored by The Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Center at the University of New Orleans.

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4:00 PM16:00

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Literary discussion and signing: http://tennesseewilliams.net/

POLITICS AND THE MEDIA: HOW DID WE GET HERE? — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom

At a time when the stakes are high, Americans see a new hostility between a presidential administration and the fourth estate. These journalists lend perspective. Tom Sancton talks about his experience working as a journalist in France which culminated in the books Death of a Princess and The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris; Douglas Brinkley talks about the challenges of being a presidential historian; Robert Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, talks about coverage of gay issues; and Laine Kaplan-Levinson talks about her new series for WWNO, “Sticky Wicket: On Politics and the Media.” Moderated by New Orleans Advocate political columnist, Stephanie Grace.

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