Take a Philip Roth bus tour Novelist Philip Roth, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, turned 80 in March, and his hometown of Newark, N.J., has rolled out the red carpet for celebrations. For a man referred to as the greatest living American writer, the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee is running a bus tour showcasing highlights from his novels and early life in the city. It’s not too late to check out “Philip Roth: An Exhibit of Photos From a Lifetime,” a show of some 100 photographs running through Aug. 31 at the Newark Public Library. Can’t get to North Jersey? Check out the next PBS “American Masters” airing of “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” a documentary featuring the author discussing intimate aspects of his life, or just reread “Portnoy’s Compaint” and call your mother already. For all things Roth, visit rothsociety.org.
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