Today is the birthday of writer, serialist and national treasure ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (1944). Maupin is most famous for his six book “Tales of the City” series of books. The first were originally published in serial forms in Bay Area newspapers. His later novels include “The Night Listener” and “Maybe The Moon” and 2009’s “Michael Tolliver Lives.” His name, coincidentally, is an anagram of “is a man I dreamt up.”

It’s a busy life for The Wonderful Mr. Maupin with a brand spanking new musical based on Tales of the City. And PBS just featured a delightful documentary, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, He is married to Christopher Turner. His most recent book revisits his beloved characters from Tales, The Days of Anna Madrigal. New York: Harper. 2014. ISBN 978-0062196248.

For more on Armistead Maupin, and maybe to send him a birthday greeting, visit his website at http://www.armisteadmaupin.com/

Happy Birthday Armistead. Long may you wave!