June 2012

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The John Updike Society is now a LinkedIn group, thanks to member Brian Steffen, who started the page.

Members might find it useful for discussions, Brian said.

Here’s the link and an article about LinkedIn from Forbes Magazine.

Member Andrew Moorhouse sent us this item about England’s new football manager, Roy Hodgson, being an Updike lover.

“Roy Hodgson liking Updike will take some getting used to; The new England manager is serious and classy so should he really be reading work by such a frisky author?”

It appeared online in the Guardian on Friday, May 18 and in the print version the following day.

Houghton Library curator of modern books and manuscripts Leslie Morris put together a three-case exhibit for the visit by Society members during the 2nd Biennial conference, but those who missed it can still have a look. The exhibit comes down on June 30.

Here’s a Harvard Gazette article describing the exhibit and items found on Updike’s desk.

Suffolk University was a perfect host and Boston a perfect location for the Second Biennial John Updike Society Conference. Many attendees commented on the quality of papers, the exhibit that Michael Updike set up in the large meeting room, the enjoyable pacing of the conference, and the many receptions and tours. Quentin Miller and Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr. did a fantastic job, and by all accounts it was a successful conference. Members are already looking forward to 2014, when the society will return to Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., with the goal of providing tours and activities that are “must sees” for people who missed the first conference, but also some nice surprises for those who were at Alvernia in 2009. A date has not been set yet.

Here is a 2nd Conference report on the activities in Boston. Pictured above are plenary speakers Jeffrey Ludwig, Brian Keener, and Miller. For more photos, see the photo gallery on The John Updike Society Facebook page.

In just two days, the Second Biennial John Updike Society Conference kicks off in Boston with a reception at Suffolk University and a keynote talk by writer Joyce Carol Oates.

Site director Quentin Miller sent this letter to conference registrants, informing them of important details: Dear Colleagues

Here are Updike conference directions and a Restaurant Guide.

See you in Boston!