EXCLUSIVE: Armistead Maupin Confirms New Tales of the City Novel

The author Armistead Maupin has revealed to a So So Gay writer that he has began the process of writing a brand new installment in the beloved Tales of the City series. Through his Twitter account, Maupin announced the novel would focus on the nonagenarian transsexual Mrs Madrigal, the wise and witty mother-figure to Michael, Mary Ann and Mona, and should be expected to become available “within the next two years”.

The Days of Anna Madrigal continues a similar pattern laid down by the two most recent novels in the series – Michael Tolliver Lives in 2007 and Mary Ann in Autumn in 2010 – by returning to focus on one particular central character, as opposed to the multiple-storyline serialised format of the earlier instalments. It seems Maupin is still in a period of creativity regarding the Tales series, after an eighteen year drought between Sure of You in 1989 and Michael Tolliver Lives. The collection remains enormously popular with it’s solid base of loyal readers. Being introduced to the first novel is seen by some as a rite of passage for young gay men and women with its blissfully positive and open-minded portrayal of liberal men and women, young and old, in 1970s San Francisco.


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  1. What a great Xmas/Channukah/Kwanza present for us all!

  2. maka says:

    Oh, i can't wait!

  3. Mark says:

    I'm so happy! I asked Armistead if he would ever write a book about Mrs. Madrigal at a book signing in Manchester about a year ago and he didn't seem too sure about the idea. This is the best news ever!

  4. Sharron says:

    Great news, I eagerly await the release. Also, looking forward to when Tales become available on e books. They could never replace my dusty old paperbacks, but at least I will be able to carry them all with me all of the time.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just finished Mary Ann in Autumn.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great! Looking forward to it! Hope it will be soon please

  7. Katriona says:

    I can't tell you how thrilled I am to read this. The Tales of the City books are my source of absolute pleasure, therapy, escapism and hope for the future of the world.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. Anonymous says:

    So happy there is going to be a new book! Although never tire reading the collection again and again.They have a special place in me and I love,love,love them! Thankyou for such wonderful warmth and brilliance.