Since the 1970’s, Armistead Maupin has been dissecting US popular culture with his iconic and ground breaking series ‘Tales of the City’, published as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle. The series encompasses nine acclaimed novels: Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn and The Days of Anna Madrigal. After setting the literary world ablaze, the series is preparing to conquer the modern world of streaming with its highly anticipated Netflix adaptation starring Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Ellen Page.
Maupin’s 1992 novel, Maybe the Moon, which followed the serio-comic adventures of a dwarf actress working in Hollywood, was praised by Entertainment Weekly as one of the ten best books of the year. In 2000 Armistead’s novel, The Night Listener, a tale of psychological suspense inspired by an unsettling time in Maupin’s life, became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Then in 2017 he wrote ‘Logical Family’, a memoir which extended from his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name.
Maupin has won countless awards including the ‘Lambda’s Pioneer Award’, bestowed on those who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. The ‘Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement’ from the Publishing Triangle of New York, and the Visionary Award from the 2014 Outfest Legacy Awards for his collected novels. Maupin is also the subject of a new documentary titled Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin.
He lives with his husband, photographer Christopher Turner.
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