Armistead Maupin started what would become Tales of the City as a small newspaper story about a strange pick up scene in a Marina Safeway. Because no one would agree to go on record, he created a fictional new-to-town woman whom his editor suggested he follow. That piece became a daily series that captured the zeitgeist and adoration of San Francisco, as it was one of the first stories anywhere to have openly gay characters represented as decent human beings. Maupin essentially came out through the column, which became an internationally bestselling series of novels, a TV miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, and a musical. Almost 40 years after it all began, the beloved author returns from Santa Fe to read from the final epoch of the series, The Days of Anna Madrigal, which follows the unforgettable transgender landlady as she travels back to her childhood home at the age of 92.