Author says 'The Days of Anna Madrigal' to be published in 2013
27 JANUARY 2012 | BY GREG HERNANDEZ
Author Armistead Maupin has told his 5,000 Facebook friends that they probably won't be seeing him pop up on the social media site very much for awhile.
He's embarked on writing the ninth book in his popular Tales of the City series.
Maupin wrote on Facebook Friday (27 January): 'Okay, here's the deal, friends. I have to stop indulging myself on Facebook and start writing the next "Tales" book. That means you'll be hearing a lot less from me for a while. This one is called THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL.
Maupin, 67, began Tales of the City in 1974 as a serial in a Marin County-based newspaper called Pacific Sun. When that paper folded, he began writing the series for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Such characters as Michael Tolliver, Mary Ann Singleton, Anna Madrigal, Mona Ramsey, Jon Fielding and De-De Halcyon-Day are among the characters that became well-known to readers.
This led to a series of wildly popular Tales of the City novels beginning in 1978. Five sequels, including More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City, were published throughout the 1980s.
The first three books were made into television miniseries and all starred Laura Linney as Mary Ann, Olympia Dukakis as Anna Madrigal, William Campbell as Jon Fielding and Barbara Garrick as De-De Halcyon-Day.
There was nearly a 20-year gap between the sixth and seventh books. Michael Tolliver Lives was published in 2007 followed by Mary Ann in Autumn in 2010.
Maupin wrote in his Facebook message that the new book will be published in the fall of 2013.
'Meanwhile,' he wrote, 'enjoy the first eight books. They'll all be available as e-Books in a week or so.'
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