Author Philip Roth is heading back to the city where he was born to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Roth was born in Newark, NJ, and that’s where he’s heading to celebrate after turning 80 on Tuesday. Roth was raised in the city’s Weequahic neighborhood, and Newark features prominently in some of his best-known works, from “Portnoy’s Complaint” to “American Pastoral.”
An exhibit at Newark Public Library showcases photos of Roth’s life.
And a three-hour bus tour by the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee will highlight locations from his novels.
Roth, who lives in Connecticut, is speaking at an invitation-only event at the Newark Museum.