Monthly Archives: November 2015

Keillor reads Updike poem on Writer’s Almanac

The featured poem for Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor is Updike’s “Tools.” It’s in print format with a link to download Keillor reading the poem. It’s easy to see why Keillor chose this particular poem for Black … Continue reading

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Angell book offers Updike insights

On November 17, 2015, Doubleday published This Old Man: All in Pieces by Roger Angell (320pp., cloth, SRP $26.95), and Updike Society member Bruce Moyer says that the selected writings from the acclaimed New Yorker writer and editor include editorial notes for John … Continue reading

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Updike included in Berks County mural

John Updike is represented in a new mural on the wall behind a music stage at the Berks County YR Club in Wyomissing, but it took a little prodding from YR Club manager Virginia Griffith for him to be included. … Continue reading

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David Updike on The Maples Stories

David Updike “shared the story of a summer in his life, as pieced together from various books written by his father, John,” Gerold Shelton wrote in a Dispatch-Argus story. Although his father drew heavily on his own life for his … Continue reading

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David Updike to speak at Augustana College

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, David Updike will speak “On Being a Character in Your Father’s Stories” at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in … Continue reading

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Hoops: Inquirer writer praises Rabbit

Frank Fitzpatrick, an Updike Society member who’s written about Updike a number of times in the past, has posted a new article at the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Frank’s Place: A fictional hoops hero who will endure” Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, Fitzpatrick writes, … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: 4th Biennial JUS Conference

The John Updike Society is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the Fourth Biennial John Updike Society Conference at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, October 12-15, 2016. We welcome one-page proposals for 15-20 minute papers … Continue reading

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Blogger takes exception with Selected Poems review

On The New Yorker & Me blog, a writer posting under the moniker “Capedrifter” was bothered enough by Dan Chiasson’s New Yorker review of Updike’s Selected Poems that he penned a rebuttal. Capedrifter thought Chiasson’s review inconsistent and questionable (and … Continue reading

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Schiff Family Foundation increases support of The John Updike Childhood Home

With the R.J. Doerr Company making great progress on the historic restoration of The John Updike Childhood Home at 117 Philadelphia Ave. in Shillington, Pa., the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation announced that they will increase their support of … Continue reading

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Updike quoted in Cheever article

Writing for The Telegraph, Martin Chilton considers the legacy of John Cheever and cites Updike in the process: “As his contemporary John Updike put it: ‘John Cheever was often labelled as a writer about suburbia; but many people have written about … Continue reading

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