Monthly Archives: October 2010

Updike and other writer interviews available online

Member Jack Ruttle passed on the information that not just John Updike’s 1968 interview with Charles Thomas Samuels, but all of the interviews that The Paris Review published with writers are available online now, free. Here’s the link.

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Call for papers: ALA 2011 in Boston

Society member Richard Androne (Albright College) has announced the panel topics for the Society’s offerings at the American Literature Association, May 26-29, 2011, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Updike in Massachusetts. Topics might include, but are not limited … Continue reading

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David Updike speaks at Alvernia; more donations announced for Society Archive

Greta Cuyler of the Reading Eagle wrote a nice article about David Updike’s talk at Alvernia University on Tuesday, October 12. Here’s the link. Meanwhile, Society member Joan Youngerman, who was one of Updike’s Class of 1950 Shillington H.S. classmates, … Continue reading

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Writer discovers Updike aided John Lennon

The Los Angeles Times has published an article about “John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s deportation battle; The couple had powerful friends who helped them fight and win their deportation battle with the Nixon administration.” One of those “friends” was John … Continue reading

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Yerkes receives the Society’s first Distinguished Service Award

It was announced at the conference in Reading and printed in the program that the Society board unanimously voted to give James Yerkes the first Distinguished Service Award. Today, Jim received his award, presented to him by Rich Boulet, director … Continue reading

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A case of bad timing: “Drinking Girl” to go on display a week after Updike scholars leave Reading

According to Curator of Art and Civilization Scott Schweigert, it’s been three years since the Reading Public Museum has displayed the fountain that made a lasting impression on a young John Updike. “Drinking Girl” (by Edward McCartan) was still in … Continue reading

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First conference is a “home run”; next up, Fenway!

By all accounts—and I’ve received a number of emails already and talked with many of the conference attendees—the First Biennial John Updike Society Conference was a big hit. People remarked that the quality of papers was high, the blend of … Continue reading

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