Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Armistead Maupin
Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture – from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award–winning television miniseries, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in 2011. The series now encompasses eight hugely popular novels: Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, and Mary Ann in Autumn. The final Tales novel, The Days of Anna Madrigal was released in January 2014. It premiered at number 3 on the Independent bestseller list and #7 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Maupin’s novel Maybe the Moon, which follows the serio-comic adventures of a dwarf actress working in Hollywood, was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The Night Listener (2000), a psychological suspense novel inspired by an eerie episode in Maupin’s own life, became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.
In 1997 Maupin received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York. In 2002 he was honored with the Trevor Project’s Life Award “for his efforts in saving young lives.” Maupin was the first recipient of Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco. In 2012 he was awarded Lambda’s Pioneer Award, which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. In 2014 he received an honorary doctor of letters from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He also received the Visionary Award from the 2014 Outfest Legacy Awards for his collected novels and their “...diverse, interconnected community of San Francisco bohemians—which shaped our collective fantasy of what LGBT life is and could be ….”