New Book Revisits The Up Stairs Lounge Arson Attack That Killed 32 People

Sep 15, 2020

On June 24, 1973, the patrons of the Up Stairs Lounge enjoyed an evening of socializing in a bar that was their refuge from anti-gay abuse. But that evening, a fire set on the steps leading up to the lounge, killed 32 people. The arson remains unsolved.

Author Robert Fiesler reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans' subterranean gay community in his book Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. Fiesler will discuss his book during a virtual event on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Mercantile Library

Robert Fiesler joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss his book Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.

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