Steinbeck Country: Exploring the Settings for the Stories takes the reader on a pictorial tour of the landscape that nurtured the writer's values, informed his ideas and set the stage for the powerful regional novels by America's "Bard of the People."

Describing settings for Cannery Row, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony and other classic tales as well as the places where Steinbeck lived and worked, from the Monterey Peninsula, through the Carmel, Salinas and San Antonio Valleys to the spectacular coastline of Big Sur, this book serves as both a valuable trip planning resource for visitors and an inexpensive and attractive souvenir of the visit.

Along with 125 color photographs and two maps, the book illustrates the settings with corresponding quotations from Steinbeck's work, and includes a list of tourist resources.

Author and photographer David A. Laws, who has written for the journal of the Center of Steinbeck Studies, will be a guest speaker at the 23rd Annual Steinbeck Festival 

Steinbeck Country: Exploring the Settings for the Stories may be purchased from Barnes and Noble, Borders, or Amazon.com. The book is also available from the National Steinbeck Center bookstore at www.steinbeckstore.org.

For more information about this book, visit the publishers' website at: http://www.windyhillpress.com/steinbeck.htm.