Armistead Maupin Captivates Novello Crowd

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Armistead Maupin at Novello Festival of Reading

Armistead Maupin at Novello Festival of Reading

Captivating sums up last night’s Novello Festival of Reading program. Armistead Maupin seemed like he was talking to good friends and the audience responded the same way. Maybe it was because of his NC roots, but I have a feeling this is how Mr. Maupin is with everyone. He was witty, candid, and at times poignant about his personal life and how those moments have played a role in his writing.

Malcolm Campbell, an advisor to the Library’s Novello Festival Press and a professor at UNC Charlotte, acted as interviewer/facilitator for last night program and did a great job exploring the basis for many of Maupin’s characters.  What we learned is that his work is autobiographical in nature — each of his characters gives us a little insight into Maupin himself.

An evening with Armistead Maupin also turned out to be an evening with the stars….Robin Williams, Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Rock Hudson….we heard lots of funny stories about Maupin’s working and personal friendships with each.

One bit of exciting news for Armistead Maupin fans: He shared that one of his books is being turned into a Broadway musical. Keep your ears open for more info on that.

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One Response to “Armistead Maupin Captivates Novello Crowd”

  1. Shelli Says:

    Wow, I’m so sorry I missed this event. Maupin is one of my absolute favorite authors but I just wasn’t able to attend.

    It sounds like everyone who did had a wonderful evening. Hopefully Mr. Maupin will share at next year’s Festival and I can catch him then.

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