30th Annual Steinbeck Festival at Steinbeck Center
- When: Thursday, August 5, 2010, time TBA
- Where: National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
The majority of the array of events assembled for this auspicious celebration of Steinbeck's influence and travels goes down at, or start at, the Steinbeck Center, but the goodies sprawl out across the county and even the world, as cities in other countries like Japan, Brazil and Russia recall thier own moments and affection for the Salinas scion. Get hold of a schedule; you'll need it. At the center's Salinas homebase, we get visited by bright luminaries like National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ted Conover and Mike Lauterborn, who retraced Steinbeck's Travels with Charley journey, roaming photographer Randy Wells, Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw, along with fellow colleagues from Japan, author and traveler Thomas R. Hummel and Ruby Bridges, who, as a child, was selected to integrate New Orleans public schools (depicted in Travels with Charley as well as Normal Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With" painting). That's just the tip of an iceberg comprised of tours, tastings, photography exhibits, a revival stage adaptation of Steinbeck's Pastures of Heaven, music by Charlie Faye and the Carmel Bach Festival Youth Chorus, archival displays, workshops, a film, even a Charley dog look-alike contest. Passports are available for purchase that gain you entry to many events. And again: Get the schedule. (See cover story.) [WR]
10am-8:30pm Thu; 8:30am-9:30pm Fri; 8:30am-9pm Sat; 9am-5pm Sun. National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Call or see website for prices. 775-4721. http://www.steinbeck.org.