Bernard Ryan, Jr.

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February 13, 2009

Tags: Updike, The New Yorker, writing

What writer can dream of higher accolades than those posted in the Feb. 9 & 16 (i.e., double) issue of The New Yorker -- the one with Rea Irvin's traditional cover portrait of Eustace Tilley. Adam Gopnik and Roger Angell devote themselves and The Talk of the Town to Updike's talent, skills, and inspiration, and pages 64 through 79 provide us with an incredible selection of pieces from his work. All worth reading again and again, and cherishing.


  1. August 28, 2009 3:10 PM EDT
    I just finished your book, on Albion. It describes the Albion that I still call home. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your memories of Albion. My Dad was also a charter member of Legion Post 35. Leonard attended first grade with us. I pass your old home as I drive from Gaines into Albion.
    - David C. Sanford Sr.
  2. August 28, 2009 11:06 PM EDT
    Many thanks, David. Great to hear from you, and delighted you enjoyed the book. How did you know about it? Do you know Amy and David S. who now live in the house? Best to you . . . B.R.
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  3. August 30, 2009 11:37 AM EDT
    There was an article in the Batavia Daily News regarding your book. I know Amy and David as I taught in Albion for 28 years and I had them both in class. I see them often around town.
    - David C. Sanford Sr.
  4. August 31, 2009 12:13 PM EDT
    Thanks, David -- do you know teachers/dept. heads you might recommend the book to, for history, politics, N.Y. state, the Roosevelts, small-town culture, class or study projects etc.? Your thoughts/help much appreciated. You can e-mail me off-blog at or Best.
    - Bernie
  5. September 14, 2009 4:39 PM EDT
    I love your book about Albion! I am a granddaughter of Francis and Lucy Sturges; Lorraine Sprague was my mother, Nancy's, aunt. I spent many summers at the cottage next to yours at Rockledge. In fact, your mother invited me and my sister to "tea" once when we were young girls. I did not like the marmalade and that's about all I remember! How I envy your keen memory!
    - Carol W. Petronio
  6. September 14, 2009 9:49 PM EDT
    Thanks, Carol -- great to hear from you! Now you've stirred more memories. So glad you like the book. Please let me know how you knew about it, and please spread the word about it.

    The elders in your family -- Sturgeses, Macks, and Spragues -- were very special friends of my folks.

    All the best to you . . . Bernie
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  7. September 14, 2009 11:21 PM EDT
    Carol, did you just send me a reply? I have a notice from Apache that a comment has been posted,but I cannot get the darn thing to open. Please e-mail me at instead. Or if you the sender are not Carol, please e-mail me there. Many thanks . . . Bernie
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  8. October 1, 2009 3:18 PM EDT
    Hi, I'm Bob Moore, son of Bob Moore (the pilot, died 1966) mentioned in your book. I have a couple photos I would like to send you. One shows my father with an ice sled similar to the story you related. Another shows my dad with Charlie Howard (I think; not sure). Could I email them or send them another way? Very nostalgic to read about some of the places and events that you recall. Thank you.
    - Robert H. Moore
  9. October 1, 2009 4:28 PM EDT
    Hello and many thanks. Wonderful! Please do send the photos. You can e-mail them to me at And please let me know how you found out about the book. It's great to hear from you. . . Bernie
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  10. November 22, 2009 11:58 AM EST
    Thanks for your Email. This might be a good place to let all upstate reminiscers? know they can search all the old
    upstate newspapers at:
    like whatever happened to that girl in my Latin class, etc.
    - Al Wood
  11. December 9, 2009 5:41 PM EST
    Hello: I practice law here in Albion NY - right near the Four Corners. I'm second generation and met you along with my father as a very young lawyer. I own and treasure some of your dad's old book cases. Your book "A Boy at The Four Corners" just came to my attention. It is lovely. If you are ever back please be sure to say hello.
    - Conrad F. Cropsey
  12. December 9, 2009 8:10 PM EST
    Thanks, Conrad Cropsey -- I'm glad you enjoyed the book, that's great! Don't know when I'll be in Albion again, but I'll hope to see you if and when. I remember your Dad -- wasn't his first name Franklin? How did you find out about the book? Best to you . . . B.R.
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  13. December 15, 2009 11:37 PM EST
    Mr. Ryan,
    I am Tom McNall's oldest daughter. I just finished reading part of your book about our furniture store, my Uncle Burt, Grandma and Grandpa, none of whom I ever met. Thank you so much for sharing part of their lives I never knew. I have questions; maybe you could contact me?
    - Marcia McNall-Murphy
  14. December 16, 2009 10:32 AM EST
    Great to hear from you, Marcia -- I'll try to answer any questions. Please e-mail them to me at or you could call me at (203) 264-6166. All good wishes.
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  15. February 4, 2010 2:12 PM EST
    Mr Ryan, I just finished your book about Albion. I really enjoyed it. I am the great grandson of Wally Dale and operated Dale's Supermarket until its closing in 2007. I remember many of the names you wrote about. Thanks again.
    - Michael Pilon
  16. February 4, 2010 9:21 PM EST
    Thanks very, very much, Michael -- great to hear from you. Great grandson! Wow -- that's a long reach. I've had wonderful comments from quite a few Albionites, many in Albion, some in faroff places. So glad you let me know.
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  17. September 14, 2010 2:10 PM EDT
    Dear Bernard,
    I am opening a new and used bookstore in Albion, NY and would love to carry a few of your local titles in our new space. Please contact me at I was unable to get your books through my supplier.
    - Carolyn R.
  18. January 24, 2011 8:51 AM EST
    I Loved Boy At the Four Corners. Got it for my in-laws and husband for Christmas. I also have a copy for our high school library.Thanks so much for good memories.
    - Betty
  19. January 24, 2011 11:14 AM EST
    Thanks, Betty -- much appreciated. Please let me know who you are and where you are -- even who your in-laws are. Is it the Albion high school library?
    If you don't want to give this info on the blog, please e-mail me at
    With best regards . . . Bernie
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  20. February 4, 2011 4:55 PM EST
    Hi Mr. Ryan. I am trying to order two copies of your book "A boy at the four corners". My mother just read it and loved it. My mom is Eleanor Coffey. She grew up on Erie Street in Albion and came to one of your birthday parties as a girl. Her brother had to pull her on a sled! If you wouldn't mind taking the time to e-mail me and let me know how to order 2 copies for her, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
    - Karen J. Williams-Colquhoun
  21. February 8, 2011 8:41 PM EST
    Hi, Karen --
    Thanks very much for your blog message. My computer crashed last Thursday and spent from Friday until this afternoon (Tuesday) in computer hospital, so I could not reply until now.
    You can order "A Boy at The Four Corners" in either orf two ways: 1) from -- in Amazon's little window marked BOOKS, enter the book title and it will come up
    or 2) go to -- that's the publisher's web page for the book.
    You asked me to e-mail you but you didn't include an e-mail address, so my only way of replying is this blog.
    I remember your Mom and her brothers George and Bob, as well as your grandfather -- wasn't he Tom Coffey?
    With all good wishes and again my thanks.
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  22. December 22, 2011 2:48 PM EST
    Greetings from a fellow author in Oregon! If I wanted to purchase one of your titles but preferred to pay with a postal money order or check do you know of any bookseller who could accommodate me? All of the vendors carrying your stuff on Amazon and ABE seem to want credit cards or PayPal payments. Happy Holidays!
    - Michael Taylor
  23. December 22, 2011 2:52 PM EST
    Sorry, I forget to mention that the book I am interested in is POODLE AT THE POODLE. Thanks!
    - Michael Taylor
  24. December 22, 2011 4:23 PM EST
    Hi, Michael -- thanks for getting in touch. You can order "The Poodle at The Poodle" from Carolyn Ricker at Bindings Bookstore, 28 West Bank Street, Albion, New York 14411. Suggest you e-mail her first at to get price and shipping cost. Or phone her at 585-283-4498. Thanks for your interest. . . B.R.
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
  25. December 29, 2011 2:32 PM EST
    Ingenious author Russell Hoban, a friend from long ago, died recently. Writer well worth reading, whether his Francis books for kids or his well-crafted novels for the rest of us. I've added links to him on my home page, down on the right-hand column. . . . B.R.
    - Bernard Ryan, Jr.
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