Robert W. Fieseler in Conversation with Jeremy Hobson | Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 6-7 PM

At The Boston Athenaeum | Registration Required


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Jeremy Hobson, co-host of WBUR’s Here & Now, will sit down with award-winning author Robert W. Fieseler to discuss his latest book, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. The book is a nonfiction account of a notoriously unsolved arson fire at a gay bar in 1973 New Orleans that claimed 32 lives.

Tinderbox has been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, plus on ABC News and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Queer literary legend Andrew Holleran declared it “far more than just a history of gay rights” in a rave review. Fieseler wrote the book in a secret corner on the third floor of the Boston Athenaeum over the span of several years. Tinderbox was listed as a Best Book of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews; named an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book; and nominated for the Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime. Fieseler graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He lives with his husband Ryan Leitner, a Violence Transformed artist and curator, in Boston and New Orleans.

Violence Transformed is pleased to promote this event and encourages a strong show of support by attending this live conversation! Tickets are free for Members of the Boston Athenaeum and $15 for Non-members.