Updike may be best known as a novelist (his Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit At Rest both received the Pulitzer Prize), but he also published short stories, art and literary criticism, poetry, and, in this case, childrens books. Updikes A Childs Calendar is an illustrated collection of twelve poems describing a childs life as the weather changes and the year goes by. This staging is the brainchild of Brian Hull, the Nashville Librarys director of childrens programming, who transforms Updikes collection into a musical show populated entirely by child-sized puppets. Hulls puppet fixation is part of a Nashville tradition dating back to 1938, when longtime library associate Tom Tichenor first began holding marionette shows at the main branch.
Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Starts: Nov. 28. Continues through Dec. 19, 2009