Philip Roth to speak in Edwards via live webcast |

Philip Roth to speak in Edwards via live webcast

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyPhilip Roth

EDWARDS ” For the first time in a long time, acclaimed American author Philip Roth will speak about his six-decade career.

Roth, 75, will visit The Bookworm in Edwards Tuesday at 6 p.m. via live webcast. Roth will be interviewed by Ben Taylor at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. This marks Roth’s first public appearance since 2002.

The New Jersey native will discuss his 29th novel, “Indignation,’ which will be released the same day. The Bookworm is one of two sites in Colorado to host the event.

“Indignation” focuses on a college student during The Korean War in search of answers to family, history and politics.

“We feel very lucky, and privileged to host this unique event,” said Nicole Magistro, co-owner of The Bookworm. “Anytime someone like Philip Roth consents to a live, public interview, you have to take notice. Thankfully, we were one of the stores chosen to host.

“And we want to emphasize that this is live. Philip will speak and answer questions in real time. This is not pre-recorded.”

Roth has won virtually ever major literary award including the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “American Pastoral,” two PEN/Faulkner awards for “The Human Stain” and “Everyman.” He was also a recipient of a PEN/Faulkner lifetime achievement award.

His debut novel, 1959’s “Goodbye, Columbus,” won the 1960 National Book of the Year award. Roth was presented with a National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton.

A 2006 issue of “The New York Times Book Review” solicited opinions from several hundred writers, publishers, agents, critics, and editors regarding the most influential works of fiction. Six of Roth’s novels appeared in the top 25.

One of Roth’s recurring themes is the Jewish-American experience, and a quest to explore the traditions mixing across two cultures, according to critic Hermione Lee.

“Philip Roth’s fiction strains to shed the burden of Jewish traditions and proscriptions,” Lee said on her Web site. “The liberated Jewish consciousness, let loose into the disintegration of the American Dream, finds itself deracinated and homeless. American society and politics, by the late ’60s, are a grotesque travesty of what Jewish immigrants had traveled towards.”

What: Live webcast with Philip Roth

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards

When: Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $20, include wine and appetizers

More information: Call 970-926-READ.

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