Monthly Archives: November 2012

Presenters and moderators needed for 2013 ALA Conference in Boston

The John Updike Society needs presenters and moderators to fill two panels at the 2013 American Literature Association Conference in Boston, Mass. The conference runs from May 23-26 and will be held once again at the Westin Copley Place, right … Continue reading

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Amazon accepting pre-orders for John Updike: A Critical Biography

Bob Batchelor’s “John Updike: A Critical Biography,” which will be published by Praeger on April 30, 2013, is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Here’s the description of the hardcover (226-page) book: Widely considered “America’s Man of Letters,” John Updike … Continue reading

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Early Updike scholar passes

The Society is saddened to report that Robert “Bob” McCoy passed away on Sunday, November 4. Dr. McCoy was the San Diego State University administrator/scholar behind the stage production of Buchanan Dying at the Little Theatre there March 18-20 and … Continue reading

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In a post-election essay, Tanenhaus praises Rabbit Redux

Sam Tanenhaus, who interviewed John Updike on many occasions, wrote in a post-election essay that Rabbit Redux¬†“remains the most illuminating and prophetic of modern political novels, though on the surface it seems not about politics at all.” Here’s the link … Continue reading

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Member contributes essay on Updike and Mailer to The Mailer Review

Society member Bob Batchelor, who recently accepted the volunteer position of Marketing and Media Director for The John Updike Childhood Home, had an essay published in The Mailer Review 6:1 (2012): 129-44, titled “Mailer and Updike: Probing American Culture as … Continue reading

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Philly journalist thinks the Reading baseball team ought to be named the Rabbits

Philly journalist Will Bunch thinks that the Reading baseball team would have been better renamed in honor of Updike’s most famous character. But of course not all readers agree. Here’s the opinion piece from Thanks to Jack De Bellis … Continue reading

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