Monthly Archives: July 2013

Book reviewer invokes Updike, Roth and Irving

In his review of David Gilbert’s novel & Sons for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mark Athitakis called it “a big, fat novel that’s a commentary on big, fat novels. “It has a great man at its center: A.N. Dyer, an … Continue reading

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Updike’s birth city is now America’s poorest

According to an NPR series on “Poverty in America: The Struggle to Get Ahead,” Reading, Pa. edged out Flint, Mich. as the nation’s poorest city. Updike was born in the Reading hospital and wrote about the city in his Rabbit … Continue reading

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Sally Field headlines Collected Stories tie-in event

“Enormous Updike fan” Sally Field, the Oscar-winning actress, headlines a group of readers announced for an event intended to coincide with publication of John Updike: The Collected Stories. “The Stories of John Updike” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Discounted early copies of Collected Stories now available from LOA

If you’re in the middle of research or just can’t wait to see a copy of John Updike, The Collected Stories, you no longer have to wait until September 12—the date the book will appear in retail stores and be … Continue reading

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Lampoon history may interest Updike fans

The National Lampoon, which was published from 1970-1998, was a spinoff of the Harvard Lampoon, the irreverent humor publication based at Lampoon Castle in Cambridge, which John Updike Society members saw during the Second Biennial Conference in Boston. Tours of … Continue reading

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Updike house makes literary pilgrims list

We’re still considering bids for the exterior repairs and painting, and Habitat volunteers have only just begun tearing out non-period carpeting and such, but already The John Updike Childhood Home is on people’s radar. On the Flavorwire website Jason Diamond … Continue reading

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The Other John Updike Archive focuses on objects

Paul Moran writes, “The Other John Updike Archive is a collection of objects that formerly belonged to John Updike. “Each posting will contain another piece from the collection. “This is part of the Kula Art Project, which consists of a … Continue reading

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Amazon now accepting pre-orders for the Begley Updike bio

Amazon recently began accepting pre-orders for Adam Begley’s much-awaited unauthorized biography of John Updike. Begley is traveling abroad and couldn’t provide details, but he confirmed via email that the title of the book is simply Updike and that the publication date … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor reads Updike’s “Baseball”

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 25, 2013, featured Updike’s poem “Baseball,” which seems even more appropriate to share as Tuesday’s All-Star Game  draws nearer. In fact, it’s tempting to contact starting NL first basemen Joey Votto to ask him … Continue reading

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Updike scholarship gets a boost with the release of “The Collected Stories”

As much as Adam Begley’s forthcoming biography, Updike enthusiasts have been anticipating the September 12 publication of John Updike: The Collected Stories by the Library of America. The two volumes can be bought singly (John Updike: Collected Early Stories, John … Continue reading

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