NWAA, KNKX 88.5fm & The Stranger present
A Conversation with Armistead Maupin
Hosted by Paul Constant
Monday, October 16, 2017 · 7:30pm
Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
“What Maupin has to say to all of us about love and tolerance is worth hearing.” — Linda Ellerbee
“Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers, and the story of his life is a story as fascinating, as delightful and as compulsive as any of the tales he’s made up for us.” — Neil Gaiman
To celebrate the October publication of his memoir, Logical Family, ARMISTEAD MAUPIN sits down with Seattle Review of Books founder Paul Constant for an insightful and entertaining conversation in the intimate Nordstrom Recital Hall. The audience will get a first-hand glimpse into the groundbreaking life and work of this legendary writer and activist.
About the artist:
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 starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, 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 #3 on the Independent Bestseller list and #7 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
His new memoir titled Logical Family, which grew out of his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name, will be published on October 3. Neil Gaiman said this about Logical Family; “Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers, and the story of his life is a story as fascinating, as delightful and as compulsive as any of the tales he has made up for us.”
Maupin’s 1992 novel, Maybe the Moon, which followed the serio-comic adventures of a dwarf actress working in Hollywood, was named one of the ten 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….” Maupin is the subject of a new documentary titled Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin.
He lives with his husband, Christopher Turner, a photographer.