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Armistead Maupin -- Author of Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin, Talented Author
Armistead Maupin is one of the most talented writers I've ever read.* He wrote the serial "Tales of the City" and two novels, Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener.
Maupin's storytelling style makes you feel like you're part of the story. His character development and rich details make reading his books addictive and a pleasure. You just want to keep reading.
Tales of the City was made into a miniseries, and The Night Listener was made into a movie. They are both great escapes, just like his books.
Photo Credit: Armistead Maupin photo by Alan Light
*And I've read a lot. To see what I've been reading, head over to my blog, A Good Book Is Awaiting.
Armistead Maupin Biography
His life so far
In 1944, Armistead Maupin was born in Washington D.C., but his family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where he was raised. He graduated from the University of North Carolina then served in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in the Mediterranean and in Vietnam.
Maupin began his writing career at a Charleston, South Carolina newspaper. In 1971 he was transferred to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press. His popular newspaper serial Tales of the City was first published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976. He went on to write eight novels in the Tales of the City series.
Maupin is also the author of two other novels, Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Tales of the City was made into three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney. A feature film was made of The Night Listener starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.
Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.
Source: Armistead Maupin Web Site
Armistead Maupin Quote
"Like I've always said, love wouldn't be blind
if the braille weren't so damned much fun."
Tales of the City
A Serial Drama First Published in the Pacific Sun, Then San Francisco Chronicle
Armistead Maupin began writing the serial "Tales of the City" for the newspaper the Pacific Sun in Marin County, California in 1974. He wrote the story in installments that were published daily. When the newspaper folded, the San Francisco Chronicle took over publishing the popular serial in 1976.
The story was published as novels starting in 1978. The following books round out the Tales of the City story:
More Tales of the City
Further Tales of the City
Sure of Your
Michael Tolliver Lives
The story begins with a naive young woman, Mary Ann, from the Midwest who visits San Francisco but decides to stay instead of returning home. She rents a charming apartment at 28 Barbary Lane. The owner and all of the residents make for some fun tales of the city. And I'll never think of Winnemucca, Nevada the same way again.
The Tales of the City Books - Wonderful Series
On Memoir Vs. Fiction
"I have always distrusted memoir.
I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction.
It's easier to get to the truth by not claiming
that you are speaking it. Some things can be
said in fiction that can never be said in memoir."
The Night Listener
Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener
Novels by Armistead Maupin
I haven't read Armistead Maupin's novel Maybe the Moon, but I have read The Night Listener several times. The Night LIstener was made into a movie starring Robin William and Toni Collette. It is one of the best books I've read.
All of Maupin's books are largely autobiographical and since he is gay, there are always gay characters in his stories. His frame of reference serves him well.
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