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Tales of the City Series Author to Visit The College of Wooster April 1

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Armistead Maupin (credit Christopher Turner)
Novelist Armistead Maupin will share excerpts from his works on April 1 at The College of Wooster.

WOOSTER, Ohio — Novelist Armistead Maupin will speak about his life as an author and share excerpts from his works on Tuesday, April 1, at The College of Wooster. The event, which is free and open to the pubic, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 009 of Severance Hall (944 College Mall).

The author of eight novels, including Maybe the Moon, which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly in 1992, and The Night Listener, which became the basis for a feature film starring Robin Williams, Maupin is best known for his iconic Tales of the City series, which debuted in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976. The series led to a Peabody Award-winning television mini-series starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney and an ambitious musical that premiered at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in 2011. The series also produced eight 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. His most recent work, The Days of Anna Madrigal, was released in January.

Maupin’s honors include the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York. He also received the Trevor Proj¬ect’s Life Award “for his efforts in saving young lives,” and was the first recipient of Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco. In addition, he was chosen for Lambda’s Pioneer Award, which is bestowed upon individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual) literature and publishing.

Maupin’s visit is sponsored by the English Department’s Donaldson Fund. Additional information about his talk is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail (

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