The Annual Steinbeck Festival August 7–10, 2003
The 23rd Annual Steinbeck Festival "Collaborators and Connections" features four days of speakers, walking and bus tours, panels and theater, with an emphasis on Steinbeck's collaborations and connections with artists, friends and family.
Noted speakers will present a rich array of programming for everyone from the casual reader to the Steinbeck aficionado, with topics ranging from "Steinbeck Country: Exploring the Setting for the Stories" with author David Laws, to "Steinbeck, 1936" by National Steinbeck Center board member Susan Shillinglaw.
Tours will be offered to explore literary and historical sites. Bus tours include trips to Tortilla Flat and Monterey, Cannery Row, Watsonville and Castroville. Walking tours offer strolls through OldTown Salinas or a chance to explore treasures in The National Steinbeck Center's archives
A festival highlight will be the world premiere adaptation of Steinbeck's novel Rain of Gold by founding Steinbeck Chair Victor Villaseñor. The Western Stage, nationally known for its adaptations of American literature, and most notably Steinbeck, will present the thrilling story of Villaseñor's parents' family heritage in Mexico.
National Steinbeck Center
One Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901