Armistead Maupin | Mona of the Manor
Fri 19 Apr 2024 | 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Armistead Maupin has warmed the hearts of his readers for decades. His legions of fans include Christopher Isherwood, Caitlin Moran and Ian McKellen. He joins us to discuss the long-awaited tenth novel, Mona of the Manor, in his beloved and enduring Tales of the City series.
In conversation with Alex Clark
Venue: TTP Stage (Cambridge Union)
Duration: 1 hour
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Armistead Maupin’s life story reads as a study in personal and professional contradictions and transformations, unfolding much like the serialized path of twists and turns he charts for his most indelible characters. From youth and young adulthood spent as a closeted son of the conservative South to a stint in the military, from a tour of duty in Vietnam to coming out and coming into his own as a gay man in San Francisco, Maupin positioned himself to become a skilled chronicler of the ongoing conflict between cultural and countercultural forces in American society.
In 1997 Maupin received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York. In 2002 he was honoured with the Trevor Project’s Life Award “for his efforts in saving young lives.” Maupin was the first recipient of Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco. In 2012 he was awarded Lambda’s Pioneer Award which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. In 2014 he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He also received the Visionary Award from the 2014 Outfest Legacy Awards for his collected novels and their “…diverse, interconnected community of San Francisco bohemians — which shaped our collective fantasy of what LGBT life is and could be….”
Maupin is the subject of a documentary titled Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. He still tours to sell-out shows hosted by many of the esteemed writers, actors and characters who are his life-long friends. He lives in London with his husband, Christopher Turner, a photographer.
Alex Clark is a broadcaster and journalist, who writes for many publications including the Guardian, the Observer, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a co-host on the Graham Norton Book Club for Audible and hosts the TLS podcast. She is a professional chairperson and appears all over the UK at Cheltenham, Hay and the Southbank Centre. Alex is a festival honorary patron.