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Steinbeck Festival

The annual Steinbeck Festival is a three-day celebration of John Steinbeck’s enduring legacy. The 2017 Steinbeck Festival will take place May 5-7 and them will be Migrations.    Ahead of the 2017 Steinbeck Festival, the National Steinbeck Center and Maya Cinemas will launch a free film series running from March 29 to May 6



Friday, May 5, 2017 — On Cannery Row

In the Spirit of Ricketts: Species Migrations. In 1942, ’46, ’47, and ’48, Ed Ricketts wrote articles on fluctuating sardine populations in Monterey Bay for the annual Sardine Supplement of the Monterey Herald. To honor his work and friendship with Steinbeck, Friday of the Steinbeck Festival will be held on Cannery Row and co- sponsored by the Cannery Row Foundation.

10 AM and 12 PM: Tours of Ed Ricketts’s Lab

2-5 PM: Hopkins Marine Station, Boatworks. A series of short “EdTalks” and discussions on Species migration

Speakers include:

William Souder (currently writing a Steinbeck biography) on Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind (1941)
Dr. Steve Palumbi, Stanford, on ocean larvae
Dr. William Gilly on squid migrations
Bruce Robison, MBARI, on deep sea migrations

5:30 PM: Reception at Ricketts’s Lab

7:00 PM: Steinbeck Banquet at the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey

Saturday, May 6, 2017 — National Steinbeck Center

In the Spirit of Steinbeck: Human Migrations.

Dr. Susan Shillinglaw will introduce the series, considering The Grapes of Wrath, Forgotten Village, and The Moon is Down as migration texts.
Gavin Jones, Stanford University, joins other speakers (TBA) discussing artistic migrations, women and ag, war and migration, The Moon is Down.

TOUR: Migration in the Salinas Valley PLUS the second annual Steinbeck Home Brew Fest!  

Sunday, May 7, 2017 — National Steinbeck Center

Teaching/Learning Steinbeck: Join us as prominent California teachers and their students discuss fresh approaches to integrating Steinbeck into the classroom.

2:00 PM: Concert, “Tribute to Carol Robles” and fundraiser for the Carol Robles Reading Room. With Dixieland favorites, Big Mama Sue, Goofy Gary, and Fast Edie trio!

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