In 1992, Armistead Maupin, author of the much-loved Tales of the City series, refused to visit Colorado on a book tour; the state had just passed a bill repealing anti-discrimination laws against gay people and been derided nationwide as the “hate state.” But now we’ve redeemed ourselves, and Maupin will be at the Tattered Cover LoDo tonight to sign his last book in the chronicle, The Days of Anna Madrigal.
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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