Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation


In his impressive, meticulously reported debut as a nonfiction author, Robert Fieseler vividly re-creates the world that produced a galvanizing tragedy, a fire at a New Orleans bar in the summer of 1973 that took thirty-two lives. In reminding us of the furtiveness of gay life even in a tolerant city, and of the official culture’s hostility to it, Tinderbox is riveting and unforgettable.–Nicholas Lemann, author of The Promised Land


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Author: Fieseler, Robert W
Publication Date: 06/05/2018
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Binding: Hardcover
Media: Book


Winner of Lambda Literary’s Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers
Named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Shelf Awareness

An essential work of American civil rights history, Tinderbox mesmerizingly reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community.