Membership in The John Updike Society is inclusive, with teachers, scholars, readers, collectors, and anyone interested in literature by John Updike invited to join. Like all single-author societies, The John Updike Society is organized to promote and sustain interest in the fiction, poetry, criticism, and essays of our author (see History/Mission section for the wording of our mission statement). The Society hosts biennial conferences which members can attend and also publishes a journal of Updike criticism and scholarship.

Annual dues are $25 for regular  members, and $20 for retirees and students. Membership includes a perfect-bound copy of The John Updike Review. Currently the Society has 253 members from 13 different countries, with nearly as many non-academics as professors and teachers.

To join, send the following information to James Plath via mail (Dept. of English, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900) or email (  Your name, university affiliation (if any), address, phone, and preferred email address. And, of course, your dues. Membership renewals can be sent to the same address.