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Literary Festival

David UpdikeDavid Updike


About the Author:

David Updike, a Massachusetts native, studied art history at Harvard and received his Master of Art in Teaching from Columbia University. Updike has taught English and creative writing at MIT and Roxbury Community College in Boston.

He is the author of a collection of short stories Out on the Marsh, as well as an illustrated quartet for young readers: A Winter Journey, An Autumn Tale, A Spring Story, and The Sounds of Summer. His short stories have been published in The New Yorker and literary magazines such as Epiphany.

He is also the photographer and a photographic illustrator of a children’s book, A Helpful Alphabet of Friendly Objects, which was written by his father, John Updike.


About the book:Old Girlfriends

David Updike will read from his second collection of short stories Old Girlfriends (2009). In the book, Updike skillfully portrays the multi-faceted nature of love and of the heart. From a father’s painful realization of his son having discovered that the dark heart of racism still beats to a quiet love affair that needs an audience to bloom, and from the bumbling of a professor who unwittingly falls for one of his students to the wistful memories of a bittersweet affair tinged with regret, Updike portrays the intricacies of loving someone with candor.

Full of sparkling wonder and poignant melancholy alike, Old Girlfriends drifts from the unrequited to the secretive, the familial to love’s first poetic moments, and leaves no avenue of expression untouched.

Old Girlfriends
is full of such soft yet charged moments, as Updike weaves everyday observances into larger truths.