Illustration by Kagan McLeod
The 31st Annual Steinbeck Festival
, held at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, has chosen as this year's theme "Friends and Foes." The event celebrates the author's
creative and social vision, "using Steinbeck's lens to look at what's happening in the world," says festival codirector Lori Wood. Highlights include guided tours of Steinbeck's haunts and a production of Of Mice and Men
by the Poetic Justice Project, a troupe of formerly incarcerated performers. Swiss artist Pierre Alain Bertola will discuss how he turned Of Mice and Men
into a graphic novel and exhibit his original illustrations. Tickets available à la carte or as part of a package.
August 4–7, steinbeck.org