April 13, 2021: Blake Bailey with Peter Sagal on Philip Roth

Writers Bloc

and the Skirball Cultural Center Present

Blake Bailey & Peter Sagal

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

5:00PM PDT


Support authors and local bookstores by purchasing Philip Roth: The Biography. Books with signed bookplates available for purchase from Chevalier’s Books.

Writers Bloc Presents and the Skirball Cultural Center invite you to an evening with acclaimed biographer, Blake Bailey (Philip Roth: The Biography), and humorist Peter Sagal, on Philip Roth, one of America’s greatest authors. From Portnoy’s Complaint and Goodbye, Columbus, to The American Pastoral and The Plot Against America, so many of Roth’s novels were shocking and brilliant, and had enormous impact on American letters, and on Jewish American culture. The enigmatic Roth chose Bailey to be his biographer, and granted independence and complete access to Roth’s personal archive. Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s life, interviewing those close to him, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations about his books, his wives, his affairs, his impending memory loss, and his impact on American literature.

Photo: Andrew Collings

Peter Sagal (NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!) is more than one of the funniest guys on the radio; he hosted HBO’s The Plot Against America podcast with the series’ creator David Simon.

Here’s what David Remnick writes of Blake Bailey’s biography of Roth: