Armistead 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. Maupin worked briefly as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. The climate of freedom and tolerance he found in his adopted city inspired him to come out publicly as homosexual in 1974. Two years later, he launched his “Tales of the City” serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, the first fiction to appear in an American daily for decades.
Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the Tales of the City series, MAYBE THE MOON, THE NIGHT LISTENER and MICHAEL TOLLIVER LIVES. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three novels in the Tales series. THE NIGHT LISTENER became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.
He lives in Santa Fe with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.