Best-selling writer Armistead Maupin announces first UK tour - only one Yorkshire date

Armistead Maupin
Armistead Maupin

The bestselling, much-loved author and LGBT activist Armistead Maupin has announced his first ever UK tour this autumn.

America’s ultimate storyteller will recount his favourite tales from the past four decades, offering his own engaging observations on society and the world we inhabit. The tour starts on September 23 at York’s Grand Opera House.

Maupin has been blazing a trail through US popular culture since the 1970s, when his iconic and ground breaking series ‘Tales of the City’ was first published as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The series encompasses nine 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, Mary Ann in Autumn and The Days of Anna Madrigal.

The series has been taking the literary world by storm, and is currently being adapted by Netflix into a much-anticipated new series, starring Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Ellen Page.

His 1992 novel, Maybe the Moon, which followed 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 2017 he wrote a memoir titled Logical Family which grew out of his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name.

Armistead has won numerous awards including the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York, the Lambda's Pioneer Award’(which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing) and the Visionary Award from the 2014 Outfest Legacy Awards for his collected novels.

Maupin is also the subject of a new documentary titled Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. He lives with his husband, Christopher Turner, a photographer.

He is at York Grand Opera House on September 23
Tickets: 0844 871 3024 or on line here