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2012 Steinbeck Festival will also fete Woody Guthrie

December 19, 2011 |  2:33 pm


The Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif., has held a festival honoring the author of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men" every year since 1980. At the 2012 Steinbeck Festival it will jointly celebrate John Steinbeck and folk musician Woody Guthrie, two chroniclers of American hardship and resilience.

2012 marks Guthrie's centennial, and the Steinbeck Center will present an exhibition, "Woody Guthrie at One Hundred," in cooperation with the Grammy Museum and the Woody Guthrie archives.

Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie is scheduled to appear at the festival, which is scheduled for May 3-6 and will be organized around the theme "The Voice." Others expected to appear include Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw and members of Ansel Adams' family, who will discuss Yosemite National Park with author Peter T. Hoss. There will be a discussion of graphic novels and closing day -- a free family day -- will include bilingual events.

Steinbeck celebrations will also be held far afield next year, in New York, the Philippines and Jerusalem.


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Photo: The Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif. Credit: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times