Cannot wait to read The Days of Anna Madrigal [Kindle], released today, capping Armistead Maupin's groundbreaking, life-changing Tales of the City phenom born forty years ago as a serial in Marin's The Pacific Sun. I missed the first wave of the series but its importance to readers in a time before popular entertainment embraced non-stereotyped, untortured gay characters can hardly be overstated.
Closing on a high note, the final Tale is, according to a starred Booklist review, "Wonderful… Maupin’s last novel in the series is as compulsively readable and endearing as all the previous novels have been."
[Don't sue if, like Cher's many final, last-ever concert tours, this isn't really the end. We've been here before: Armistead retired the series in 1989 and revived it in 2007, at the time denying Michael Tolliver Lives was the series' seventh book, which he later agreed it is. He's no doubt sincere now, and as an artist he deserves to be free of fans' expectations, and yes he and Christopher left the city and moved to New Mexico, yet in a few years he may find he has something more to say about these characters. I hope so.]
After two events today in the Bay Area he reads in Denver, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The most magical moment of his tour promises to be January 31 when he will be in conversation with Don Bachardy at the Santa Monica Public Library. On February 10, he launches a victory lap through the British Isles where he is immensely popular: He's already sold out his appearances at the British Library, Homotopia, the Guardian Book Club, and in Edinburgh, while seats are still available in Bath, Manchester, Glasgow, and Dublin. Tour details here.