Armistead Maupin to make two appearances at AJC Decatur Book Festival

Author Armistead Maupin takes a thoughtful pose in his 2000 sitting.

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Author Armistead Maupin takes a thoughtful pose in his 2000 sitting.

The Southern-born author of the acclaimed "Tales of the City" novels is slated to make two appearances at the 13th AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Armistead Maupin's attendance results from a partnership between the festival, Atlanta's Out On Film and Georgia Public Broadcasting, as part of PBS's The Great American Read initiative, a Thursday press release said.

Julie Wilson, DBF executive director, said festival organizers are “thrilled” Maupin is taking part in the event.

“He’s not only a legendary voice in the LGBT community, but also one of the most revered writers of a generation,” she said in a statement.

Maupin will hold a question and answer session after the screening of “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” on Saturday, Sept. 1. The documentary starts at 7 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library; ticket availability will be announced at a later date.

The next day, Maupin will discuss his new memoir, "Logical Family." Some of his other works include "Maybe the Moon" and "The Night Listener," the latter of which was made into a movie starring Robin Williams.

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Jim Farmer, executive director of Out On Film and longtime DBF attendee, said he immediately thought of Maupin after Wilson contacted him about a potential partnership.

“I grew up watching the (“Tales of the City”) mini-series as so many of my generation did at the time. Then, I started reading his novels and falling in love with his world,” Farmer said in a statement. “With these events, we hope to reach a new generation of readers for his novels and memoir.”

Held every Labor Day weekend, the festival this year will bring more than 300 well-known authors and illustrators and tens of thousands of readers together for three days of events.

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