Celebrating Steinbeck: the 31st Annual Steinbeck Festival

This weekend marks the 31st Annual Steinbeck Festival in honor of legendary American writer John Steinbeck.

Steinbeck is perhaps best known for his literary works Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden, much of his writing characterized by themes of loneliness and prejudice, and marked by struggle. Born in Salinas, California, John Steinbeck was a Monterey Peninsula local and spent many years living in Pacific Grove, in the Monterey area, the celebrated setting of his novel Cannery Row. After its publication, “Cannery Row” became the new name of Ocean View Avenue, the location of the story.

The Steinbeck Festival runs from August 4 through August 7, starting with a reading of some passages from his novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, and a pub crawl, which will end at 8pm for an Open Mic celebration. Other events include tours of Ed Ricketts’ lab (Steinbeck’s close friend and major influence) and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House (of Carmel poet Robinson Jeffers), as well as a display of Pierre Alain Bertola’s drawings from his Of Mice and Men graphic novel and various discussion panels. For more information about the festival, visit steinbeck.org/pages/steinbeck-festival.

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