Thanks for joining us! In this episode we’re talking about Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.
San Francisco, 1976. A naive young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous. The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
In this episode we discuss
Armistead Maupin’s days as a Republican and his family’s Confederate history;
Maupin’s memoir, Logical Family;
The two Tales of the City TV series (1993 and 2019);
Ongoing discrimination toward trans men and women;
Learning to use gender neutral pronouns;
Misgendering and microaggressions;
Author Jeanette Winterson;
Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald;
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell;
WPL’s Info Guides
WPL’s YouTube channel;
Can you tell me a book I would also like?
Erica: 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith;
Trevor: Rent by Jonathan Larson;
Nerd words for word nerds
Thanks to Amy for her letter and everyone who got in touch or contributed to the discussion!
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Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included Kirsten Wurmann, Dennis Penner, Trevor Lockhart, and Erica Ball.