Monthly Archives: March 2016

Portion of purchases to benefit John Updike Society

If you shop, you can help the John Updike Society by changing your bookmark from to so that all orders go through the “smile” url. Amazon will donate .5 percent of eligible purchases directly to the Society. Once you … Continue reading

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New show for Miranda Updike

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Reporter cites Updike, member spots flub

The Buffalo News “Reporters’ Notebook” for March 17, 2016, posted by Olaf Fub,  quoted John Updike: “A thought for this drizzly week from novelist John Updike, born on this date in 1932, ‘Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to … Continue reading

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Author picks favorite books on illness and dying

Katie Roiphe has been all over the media as of late, promoting her book The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End, in which she recounts the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: John Mark Eberhart

The literary world has lost another one:  John Mark Eberhart, 52, the former book review editor for The Kansas City Star and the “Book Doctor” on KCUR. According to a KCUR obituary, Eberhart died today after a long fight with cancer. Eberhart, … Continue reading

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Author: Dying writers left things messy, unresolved

In a New York Times article to promote her new book The Violent Hour: Great Writers at the End, Katie Roiphe talks about the false notion that “when someone is dying, a new, honest, generous space opens up; that in the … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Almanac remembers Updike’s birthday

Garrison Keillor, who will be the keynote speaker at this fall’s Fourth Biennial John Updike Society Conference at the University of South Carolina, today paid tribute to John Updike on what would have been the author’s 84th birthday. In “Mar. 18, … Continue reading

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Great Writers at the End book includes Updike

New from The Dial Press is The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End, by Katie Roiphe, who, as a New Republic review-article notes, “explores the final days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, and other writers at the … Continue reading

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Cancer Today spotlights Updike

Cancer Today, the publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, featured “A Storied Life” by writer Sue Rochman in the Winter 2015-16 issue, which is also available online. In it, Rochman details how “literary realist John Updike used the scaffold of his … Continue reading

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