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The Days of Anna Madrigal

Armistead Maupin, Chris Freeman
Armistead Maupin
In conversation with Chris Freeman, USC professor of English and Gender Studies
Thursday, January 30, 2014
01:03:12
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Episode Summary

The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching ninth (and final) novel in Armistead Maupin’s bestselling “Tales of the City” series, follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane. While some members of Anna’s family head for the other-worldly landscape of Burning Man, Anna embarks on a road trip that takes her deep into her past, including a visit to Winnemucca, Nevada where the 16-year old boy she used to be ran away from the whorehouse he called home.

 

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Participant(s) Bio

Armistead Maupin is the author of the “Tales of the City” series, of which The Days of Anna Madrigal is the ninth book and which includes 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. Three television miniseries were made from the first three “Tales” novels. Maupin is also the author of Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. A stage musical version of Tales of the City premiered at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in May, 2011. Maupin lives in Santa Fe with his husband, Christopher Turner.

Chris Freeman teaches English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. His first book, The Isherwood Century, won a Lambda Literary Award. He and his writing partner have recently completed a new collection of essays on Isherwood, which will be published in late 2014. They co-edited Love, West Hollywood, an anthology of tales of LGBTQ Los Angeles. Freeman is on the advisory board of the Monette-Horwitz Trust and is a board member of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.

 



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