John Updike was one of America’s most renowned writers. He was the author of over 40 books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels won the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award., and the Pulitzer Prize.
As a guest of the Kentucky Author Forum in 1997, Updike discussed his book Golf Dreams(Knopf), a collection of stories and essays on man’s eternal battle with that small, dimpled white ball, as well as his recent novel, In the Beauty of the Lilies (Knopf), which The New York Times called his most ambitious novel to date. In the book, Updike charts the fortunes of an American family through four generations to create a portrait of the country, from its nervous entry into the 20th century to its stumbling approach toward the millennium.
John Updike was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by Robert Siegel, host of the award-winning news magazine show All Things Considered, on National Public Radio. During his 20-plus years with NPR, Siegel has served in numerous roles and has received many awards for his excellence in broadcast journalism.