John Updike’s America, Part II

Three Wednesday, January 18 and February 1 and 15, 12:30–2:00 p.m. | Compass Bank Building, Second Floor, 2001 Kirby at San Felipe

When John Updike quit his job at the New Yorker and moved away from that literary scene to suburban Massachusetts, he set his task as a book a year. That was fifty years ago and he's done it—an incomparable achievement for a writer  to whom the last half-century has not offered the spacious temporal field that the nineteenth century gave Balzac and Trollope. Yet, like them, Updike has now provided, in novels, stories, poems, reviews, and essays, more than one generation with a detailed account of the life of their time that few of his peers, if any, can even approach. He seems to know intimately about everything and writes like the "Archangel" in Pigeon Feathers, whose "pleasures are as specific as they are everlasting."

Terrence Doody, professor of English at Rice University, will prepare us for John Updike’s February 27 visit to Houston (sponsored by Inprint as part of  its Margarett Root Brown Reading Series at the Alley Theatre) by discussing three of Updike’s novels. We will cover Bech: A Book, In the Beauty of the Lillies, and Gertrude and Claudius in this order.


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Upcoming is Spring 2018! 

West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein at 100
Two Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private residence directions to subscribers
A few seats available


Farming Wonders in Richmond, Texas
Saturday, March 24
Details to subscribers
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What's on Lisa Falkenberg's Mind
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, 77004


Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027
Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston


Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 P.M.


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