Jul
3
1:00 PM13:00

Orlando, FL - MCC General Conference 2019: Celebrate!

History talk - The Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Legacy of Bill Larson 

A spiritual exploration of the 1973 Up Stairs Lounge tragedy -- a notoriously unsolved arson fire at a New Orleans gay bar that claimed 32 lives -- through the life and legacy of MCC pastor Bill Larson, who perished in the fateful bar on the night of June 24, 1973. Reverend Troy Perry, founding pastor of the MCC, will stop by and meet Robert in person for the first time.

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Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Public Library, Main Branch

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Tinderbox: An Evening with Robert W. Fieseler and Laine Kaplan-Levenson

This discussion will commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Fire and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Following the paperback release Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, author Robert W. Fieseler and WWNO host and producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson will discuss the commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Fire and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  


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Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

New Orleans, LA - St George's Episcopal Church

  • 4600 Saint Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA, 70115 United States (map)
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History talk - The Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Legacy of Bill Larson 

A spiritual exploration of the 1973 Up Stairs Lounge tragedy -- a notoriously unsolved arson fire at a New Orleans gay bar that claimed 32 lives -- through the life and legacy of MCC pastor Bill Larson, who perished in the fateful bar on the night of June 24, 1973. We'll also explore Larson's close friendship with former St. George's pastor Father Bill Richardson. 


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Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago, IL - Women & Children First

Paperback Launch: TINDERBOX by Robert Fieseler


An essential work of American civil rights history, Robert W. Fieseler's Tinderbox reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community. Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016…

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Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Cambridge, MA -- Harvard Book Store Co-event with James Polchin

Harvard Book Store welcomes Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies at NYU and cultural historian JAMES POLCHIN to discuss his debut book, Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall. He will be joined in conversation by ROBERT W. FIESELER, acclaimed author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.

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Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Provincetown, MA - East End Books

East End Books Ptown is happy to welcome Robert W. Fieseler, author the award-winning TINDERBOX: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, back to Ptown on Friday June 7th at 7 pm, for the launch of the paperback edition of this compelling book. Don't miss this important book event! The event was packed last year, so be sure and RSVP via Eventbrite and check out our Facebook Event Page for more details. 

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May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Wilton Manors, FL - National Stonewall Museum

Poking a Tinderbox: the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and Stonewall 50

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.

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May
2
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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Apr
24
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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Apr
24
11:00 AM11:00

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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Mar
30
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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Mar
29
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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