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Philip Roth (Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral) was one of the biggest names on the National Book Festival’s lineup when the schedule was revealed in May. But Roth’s name is now conspicuously absent from the fest’s website.
Library of Congress spokesperson Gayle Osterberg confirms it’s not a mistake. “Unfortunately Philip Roth is now not able to attend,” she wrote in an email this afternoon.
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