On Saturday afternoon, literary legend John Barth received the key to the city and was honored with a historic marker in Cambridge, where he was born and raised.
During a ceremony—attended by hundreds of friends, family, and well-wishers—on the lawn of the Dorchester County Public Library, Barth gave thanks for “the library, the library, the library,” where he “feasted on Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Tarzan novels” as a youngster.
He also noted that “Cambridge, the rivershore, and the great down county salt marshes were my life’s coordinates from birth through high school through college and my first efforts as a writer of fiction, and they remain as touchstones of my imagination.”
Baltimore's Carl Grubbs played solo saxophone before and after the program, and Barth, a jazz fan, was duly impressed. After Grubbs finished, Barth was seen trading him an autographed copy of The Floating Opera for a signed copy of Grubbs's latest CD, Maryland Traditions in Jazz.