Monthly Archives: January 2016

ALA Updike Society panel announced

The John Updike Society has proposed to sponsor a panel on “Updike in Context” at this year’s American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco. Chair: Judith Newman, University of Nottingham “What Does Secularism Smell Like? Political Theology and John Updike’s The … Continue reading

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Writer summarizes his year spent reading Updike

Yesterday The Christian Science Monitor printed a piece titled “My ‘Updike year’—why I appreciate the man more now than ever” in its Books/Chapter & Verse section. In it, Danny Heitman writes that he had made it a point to read as … Continue reading

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What’s new in Updike scholarship?

Two essays on Updike scholarship have come to our attention, one newly discovered and the other newly published: Newly discovered: “Fire, Sun, Moon: Kundalini Yoga in John Updike’s S.: A Novel,” by Sukhbir Singh, in The Comparatist 38 (October 2014): 266-96, published … Continue reading

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Globe columnist ponders Updike and eternity

Today, Jan. 25, 2016, Boston Globe Columnist Alex Beam considered Updike’s last poem, “Fine Point,” a meditation on the 23rd Psalm and interviewed Martha and David Updike to ask them about John’s belief in God and the hereafter. According to … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Gerald “Jerry” Potts

We are saddened to report the sudden death January 18, 2016 of Gerald R. “Gerry” Potts, a  classmate of John Updike’s who was a four-sport athlete at Shillington High School (football, basketball, track, and baseball). He was 85. Potts, who graduated … Continue reading

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Author Strout names Updike book childhood favorite

Entertainment Weekly often finds ways to enliven interviews, and in “Books of My Life: Elizabeth Strout on Madame Bovary, The Journals of John Cheever, and other favorites,” writer Isabella Biedenharn asked Strout to name the book she loved in school (Madame Bovary), a novel … Continue reading

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Updike-edited gift recalled

In the online “Books: The gift I’ll never forget” section of The Guardian, Sloane Crosley recently shared “The book that reminded me America could be magical too.” It was 1999 and Crosley, who was studying in Scotland and reluctant to … Continue reading

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Commonweal staff picks Updike Selected Poems

On a blog post from Commonweal‘s Rand Richards Cooper we get “Staff Picks: The Poetry of John Updike.” John Updike: Selected Poems was one of his 2015 favorites. “A book I’m glad to have read this year. . . . … Continue reading

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Ten Books PBS loved in 2015

John Updike’s Selected Poems made the list of “10 Books We Loved in 2015” by PBS NewsHour. “John Updike: Selected Poems,” edited by Christopher Carduff Mike Melia, senior broadcast producer “He’s one of the most prolific American writers, but John … Continue reading

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Papers needed for May 26-29 ALA in San Francisco

PROPOSALS NEEDED FOR ALA Last year in Boston The John Updike Society sponsored two panels, and we hope to get enough participants for two this year as well. Young scholars especially are encouraged to submit proposals or short abstracts. ALA … Continue reading

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