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BCC | A Journey Into Steinbeck’s California

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck’s creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guide literary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck’s work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early and mid 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, this edition includes a wonderful variety of photographs, sketches, and paintings, including some from private, rarely seen collections. The book features a discussion on Steinbeck’s ecological interests and activities, and an extended exploration of his many travels to Mexico. Readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.

A live online presentation by Susan Shillinglaw, author and professor of English at San Jose State University

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