Clayton Delery-Edwards, author of a new book titled “The Up Stairs Lounge Arson,” talks about the deadliest fire in the city’s history — the June 24, 1973 fire in a French Quarter gay bar that killed 32 people.
Though arson was suspected, and though the police identified a likely culprit, no arrest was ever made. The book discusses how government and religious leaders who normally would have provided moral leadership at a time of crisis were silent or openly disdainful of the dead, most of whom were gay men. The talk is 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
GENEALOGY DISCUSSION: Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans — Elizabeth “Annie” Peterson, preservation librarian of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, will discuss proper preservation techniques of personal documents. According to Peterson, “Personal collections of photographs and documents can hold family stories and community histories, so it is important that we preserve these materials for future generations. This lecture will introduce ways to preserve books, photographs, documents, and other physical materials.” Attendees will learn some basic methods for protecting collections through proper storage, handling and long-term care. 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
ORIGINS OF ROCK AND ROLL: What Was the First Rock and Roll Record? Dave Thomas, a musician and guide who hosts music tours in New Orleans, will discuss the various candidates for “first rock and roll song,” including New Orleans’ contenders. According to Thomas, there is no consensus about a true “first” recording and there may be as many as 50 different contenders for the title of first rock and roll song. 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
Richard Campanella Talks About Bourbon Street: New Orleans is a city of many storied streets, but only one conjures up as much unbridled passion and controversy. Richard Campanella’s cultural history titled “Bourbon Street, A History,” spans the street’s inception during the colonial period through three tumultuous centuries, arriving at the world-famous entertainment strip of today. It interweaves world events from the Louisiana Purchase to World War II to Hurricane Katrina with local and national characters, ranging from presidents to showgirls, to explain how Bourbon Street became an intriguing and singular artifact, uniquely informative of both New Orleans’s history and American society. This event is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION: Social Security Presentation - Representatives from the local Social Security Administration office will discuss how people can go online to access their records and monitor their accounts. SSA staff will answer other questions as well. Free of charge and open to the public. No registration. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan, Harvey.