In the late 1970s, Maupin welcomed us into a swift, smart, funny, charming and mostly gay extended family centered around 28 Barbary Lane, a San Francisco boardinghouse presided over by Anna Madrigal, a transgender woman with a tart tongue and deeply compassionate heart. Through the 1980s, six of these novels — which began as a serial in the San Francisco Chronicle — dropped into our lives with satisfying regularity. Then came a long pause. In 2007, to everyone’s relief, a seventh appeared: Michael Tolliver Lives. It was followed by Mary Ann in Autumn. And now comes the last in a series that has inspired three television miniseries and a musical, The Days of Anna Madrigal. Here, several of the characters travel to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and the 92-year-old protagonist plans to revisit her past and Winnemucca — where she grew up in a whorehouse run by her mother.
Free tickets will be available at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 reading at the TC, 1628 16th Street; visit tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070 for more information.
Thu., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2014