Monthly Archives: August 2012

News of Updike home purchase prompts Habitat for Humanity offer and media coverage

News that The John Updike Society had finalized the purchase of the childhood home at 117 Philadelphia Ave. in Shillington, Pa., was met with a quick and generous response from Habitat Humanity of Berks County. Executive Director Tim Daley said … Continue reading

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NY Times Book Review Editor recommends The Centaur as a “school book”

In an article titled “Times Staffers Recommend ‘School Books,’” by John Williams, Sam Tanenhaus, the Times Book Review Editor, picked The Centaur as his recommendation for “books that are set in or around schools.” Here’s the link to the story, which … Continue reading

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It’s official: The John Updike Society now owns Updike’s childhood home

Today was the closing for the sale of the John Updike childhood home at 117 Philadelphia Avenue in Shillington, Pa., and after a long process The John Updike Society now officially owns the building and property. The eventual sale price—reduced … Continue reading

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Obit web magazine spotlights “Updike’s Dark Certainty”

The online magazine Obit—whose tagline in “Death is only half the story. Obit is about life . . .”—featured John Updike on January 28, 2009. In “Updike’s Dark Certainty,” Robert Roper visits “Updike country—the region where suburban platting meets knicker-dropping” … Continue reading

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Delbanco book includes Updike response to questions

Member Larry Randen called our attention to a book written by Nicholas Delbanco, “who was in the class Updike taught at Harvard before he retired from academe in the summer of 1962. It includes a letter dated August 26, 2007 … Continue reading

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Updike bashed by The Feminist Texican

A book-review blogger who goes by the name of “The Feminist Texican” reviewed Updike’s Rabbit Is Rich on audiobook yesterday and came to the conclusion that Updike is “a big ol’ racist, misogynist asshole.” Here’s the link, for those who are … Continue reading

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Guay and Mogford to serve as site and program directors for the 2014 conference

In early October of 2014 The John Updike Society will convene for its Third Biennial Conference in Reading, Pennsylvania. Directors for the conference are now set. Member Sue Guay, who brokered Alvernia University’s sponsorship of the first conference and worked … Continue reading

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