Monday, June 11, 2007

Maupin's newest: Who says getting old sucks?

Newly married to a man nearly half his age -- whoo-hoo! -- Armistead Maupin has plenty to celebrate. Like his new book, Michael Tolliver Lives, where the San Francisco author returns to the Tales of the City characters that catapulted him to fame.

The book, being published Tuesday, is another tribute to Maupin's adopted city -- and San Francisco's returning the favor, declaring tomorrow Michael Tolliver Day. Unlike its predecessors, the new book is written from the point of view of Tolliver, the sweet male Southern belle known as Mouse. "I wanted to illuminate the process of growing older as a gay man, and make it easier for people who think life is over," Maupin tells the San Francisco Chronicle today. "Gay men who are growing old are incredibly lucky to be here."

Not that getting old doesn't present fun surprises, too. Maupin, 63, married entrepreneur Chris Turner, 27 years his junior, in Vancouver this year. Turner runs a website for over-40 gay men and their younger admirers. I'm pretty sure that's Daddyhunt.com.

Want to press the flesh with Maupin? He'll appear twice tomorrow in San Francisco bookstores, the Chronicle says. When/where: 12:30 p.m. at Book Passage at the Ferry Building, then at 7 p.m. at Books Inc. at Opera Plaza. [Book jacket: Amazon]

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