John Steinbeck expert illuminates ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ |

John Steinbeck expert illuminates ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents “80 Years On: ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ Urgent Then, Urgent Now,” an evening with Susan Shillinglaw, one of America’s top John Steinbeck scholars, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Library Hall.

If you go

What: 80 Years On: ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ Urgent Then, Urgent Now
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

What: “The Grapes of Wrath” book club discussions
When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, and noon Thursday, Oct. 25
Where: Conference room at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Shillinglaw will share how “The Grapes of Wrath” remains relevant in the 21st century, indeed becoming an urgent book for today as Steinbeck addresses the universal issues of migrations, being unhomed, the dignity of work, the need for home and family, and an empathetic community.

In addition, the community is encouraged to join one of two library book club discussions about “The Grapes of Wrath.” Shillinglaw leads the free casual group conversations at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, and at noon Thursday, Oct. 25, in the library conference room.

Shillinglaw is an English professor at San Jose State University, where she was director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies for 18 years. She also was director of the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas from 2015 to 2018. Shillinglaw has published widely on Steinbeck, most recently “Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage” and “On Reading The Grapes of Wrath.” She has written introductions to several Steinbeck books for Penguin New American Library editions.

The events are part of One Book Steamboat, the library’s 2018 community read featuring Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic “The Grapes of Wrath.” To find out more about the One Book Steamboat events visit

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