Philip Roth panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival
September 16, 2018, 11:00 AM
Philip Roth has been a towering, polarizing figure in American literature from his 1960 debut “Goodbye, Columbus” to his final retirement from writing in 2012. Claudia Roth Pierpont, Joshua Cohen, Ruth Franklin, and Laura Tanenbaum consider his legacy to literature in the aftermath of his death, revisiting questions of gender and considering why, after all these years, we still need to talk about Philip Roth.
Joshua Cohen is the author of nine books, most recently the nonfiction collection Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction (Random House). In 2017, he was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists.
Ruth Franklin is a book critic and former editor at The New Republic. Her first biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2016) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, a Time magazine top nonfiction book of 2016, and a “best book of 2016” by The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and others. Franklin’s work appears in many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in biography, a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a Leon Levy Fellowship in biography, and the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2011), was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Claudia Roth Pierpont is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she has written about the arts for more than twenty years. She is the author of RothUnbound: A Writer and His Books, an exploration of the life and work of Philip Roth, American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building, and Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in New York City.
Laura Tanenbaum is a Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. She has published essays and book reviews in publications including The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and Jacobin. Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Narrative, Aji, juked, and Cleaver Magazine.