Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh,
North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he
served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River
Patrol Force in Vietnam.
worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina,
before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated
Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the six-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and, most recently, Michael Tolliver Lives. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.
Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.
Armistead and Christopher, 2009
Photo by Jim Cox