The Newark Public Library hosts its fifth annual Philip Roth lecture on Wednesday, September 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. (This year, it’s on Zoom.) The discussion features Pulitzer Prize -winning poet Tracy K. Smith, a former U.S. poet laureate, who will discuss “The Role of Art in the Struggle for Racial Justice.” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka also will speak.
When Philip Roth died in 2018, he bequeathed his entire personal library to his home town library in Newark. This included more than 7,000 volumes, many of them underlined and dog-eared, along with his writing desk and favorite Eames chair. Construction of the room where his books will be held has slowed down during covid-19, but it is ready enough to open for either in-person or online visits. The library, which now is partially re-opened, follows stringent covid-19 safety guidelines.
Philip Roth also endowed an annual lecture series to take place at the library, featuring a noted voice in fiction, history, and for the first time, poetry.
For a Zoom link, make a reservation at www.npl.org.