Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation (Hardcover)
While the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 marks a tragic milestone in our nation's history, there's one such stone that has been lost, partially buried in the rubble of time. Robert Fieseler deftly excavates the devastating history of the Up Stairs Lounge fire in TINDERBOX. Within the pages, Fieseler guides us through the streets of New Orleans and into the red-carpeted room of a gay night club, perching us on the laps of patrons who share their stories of loss and, just as profound, their stories of love. We cringe at the ineptitude of law enforcement and civil servants, their turned backs scarcely singed by the Lounge's flames. TINDERBOX is so much more than an account of what happened June 24th 1973, it also acts as yet another cautionary tale -- Fieseler, a solemn Lorax in his storytelling: beseeching, poignant, and inspiring.
After all: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."— Garrett
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.