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December 29, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas celebrates John Steinbeck's 110 th birthday on Feb. 26 , with author talks, book signings, reading circles, cultural presentations and more. For info or tickets, call (831) 775-4721 or click here . . . . Spend New Year's Eve overlooking San Francisco Bay, at the The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa . Tix are $129 per person. For info, click here . . . . The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Jessica Chastain with the Spotlight Award and composer Howard Shore with the Frederick Loewe Music Award Jan.  7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center .
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February 27, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The 112th birthday of John Steinbeck was celebrated Thursday with a Google Doodle dedicated to his work. Born in Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck was a college dropout who won a Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. The Google Doodle pulls quotes from three of Steinbeck's novels -- "The Grapes of Wrath," "Cannery Row," "Of Mice and Men" -- all of which sympathetically portray working-class men in difficult conditions. That kind of social novel is rarely found in contemporary literature; it's interesting that Google has chosen to highlight his writing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The 112th birthday of John Steinbeck was celebrated Thursday with a Google Doodle dedicated to his work. Born in Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck was a college dropout who won a Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. The Google Doodle pulls quotes from three of Steinbeck's novels -- "The Grapes of Wrath," "Cannery Row," "Of Mice and Men" -- all of which sympathetically portray working-class men in difficult conditions. That kind of social novel is rarely found in contemporary literature; it's interesting that Google has chosen to highlight his writing.
TRAVEL
October 6, 2013 | By Ryan Ritchie
Although writer John Steinbeck died 45 years ago, we continue to visit Salinas, Calif. - his birthplace - and surrounding Monterey County in search of the characters and settings found in his classics "The Pastures of Heaven," "East of Eden," "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat. " Although we can't find Doc, Junius Maltby or Lee Chong's grocery store, the essence of the Salinas Valley lingers in the blend of cultures, overcast skies, farming communities and locals who combine a passion for their work with a penchant for libations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2010 | By Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
American author Bill Barich, a resident of Ireland these past nine years, was rummaging through a local secondhand shop in the summer of 2008 when he stumbled across a "beat up old copy" of "Travels With Charley," John Steinbeck's late-in-life attempt in 1960 to reacquaint himself with his native country. The book is a sour look at the American people as Steinbeck, in failing health, succumbed to pessimism over the caliber of his fellow citizens and their embrace of a culture built on the plastic and the contrived.
BOOKS
November 19, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
The first appearance in paper of this travel book, originally published in 1948 by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and news photographer Robert Capa. Both witnessed the destruction that World War II wrought in the western Soviet Union, and watched the Soviet people begin the daunting task of rebuilding their shattered country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2004 | Barbara Tannenbaum, Special to The Times
The work of John Steinbeck, California's only native son to win a Nobel Prize for literature, continues to evoke a poetic sense of the Central Valley, Monterey Bay and small towns along the Salinas River. But a growing number of students and scholars are learning that two other California locales are necessary destinations for anyone interested in exploring the life and novels of this 20th century giant.
TRAVEL
October 6, 2013 | By Ryan Ritchie
Although writer John Steinbeck died 45 years ago, we continue to visit Salinas, Calif. - his birthplace - and surrounding Monterey County in search of the characters and settings found in his classics "The Pastures of Heaven," "East of Eden," "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat. " Although we can't find Doc, Junius Maltby or Lee Chong's grocery store, the essence of the Salinas Valley lingers in the blend of cultures, overcast skies, farming communities and locals who combine a passion for their work with a penchant for libations.
BOOKS
March 3, 2002 | JAY PARINI, Jay Parini is the author of numerous books, including "John Steinbeck: A Biography" and the forthcoming novel "The Apprentice Lover." He teaches at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.
It has been a 100 years since John Steinbeck came into the world and more than three decades since he died, but his presence on the landscape of American literature has not dimmed. The reason for this, of course, is that his books continue to draw readers: what Gore Vidal called "voluntary readers" who come to the printed page for sustenance of a particular kind. They migrate to Steinbeck because he entertains, enthralls, challenges and inspires them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
John Steinbeck couldn't find a boat and he needed one desperately. His marriage was in trouble. People in his hometown were vilifying him as a communist rabble-rouser. He figured a sea expedition with his wife, Carol, and marine biologist buddy Ed Ricketts would be just the thing. They chartered a 76-foot sardine boat called the Western Flyer. Over six weeks in 1940, they and a four-man crew chugged from Monterey to the Mexican coast, where they caroused in waterfront bars, poked through tide pools, identified dozens of new species of sea life and collaborated on "Sea of Cortez," a pioneering work of ecology still read by budding ocean researchers.
TRAVEL
August 3, 2013 | By Ryan Ritchie
There's no way to describe Ashland, Ore., as anything but quaint. Whether you're browsing knickknacks in Renaissance Rose, combing through an extensive John Steinbeck collection at Shakespeare Books & Antiques, sipping on freshly squeezed apple juice from the Ashland Food Co-op or standing 10 feet from a deer on Hargadine Street, this town of about 20,000 is inviting, charming and, well, quaint. The tab: Three nights in suite R at Grape Street Gardens runs $240 (prices are prorated if guests stay weekly or monthly)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
John Steinbeck couldn't find a boat and he needed one desperately. His marriage was in trouble. People in his hometown were vilifying him as a communist rabble-rouser. He figured a sea expedition with his wife, Carol, and marine biologist buddy Ed Ricketts would be just the thing. They chartered a 76-foot sardine boat called the Western Flyer. Over six weeks in 1940, they and a four-man crew chugged from Monterey to the Mexican coast, where they caroused in waterfront bars, poked through tide pools, identified dozens of new species of sea life and collaborated on "Sea of Cortez," a pioneering work of ecology still read by budding ocean researchers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
When Kodachrome color film was introduced in 1935, few professional photographers chose to use this new format, seeing it as a threat to a familiar point of view. Most recollections of the early half of the 20th century remain locked in familiar, stylized interpretations presented in black, white and gray tones by artists such as Walker Evans and Ben Shahn. One amateur photographer, Charles Cushman, took advantage of this technology. Between 1938 and 1969, he traveled half a million miles, crisscrossing the country capturing people, landscapes and city streets with his Contax II A viewfinder camera.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Director Matt McKenzie fails to master the sprawl in “Sweet Thursday,” a world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1954 novel, now at Pacific Resident Theatre. A sequel to Steinbeck's “Cannery Row,” “Thursday” centers, once again, on marine biologist Doc, introduced in the previous novel.  Just back from World War II, Doc seems to have lost his spark, prompting his old friends -- namely, the hookers and indigents of the Row -- to try and fix Doc up with Suzy (Lela Loren)
NEWS
December 29, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas celebrates John Steinbeck's 110 th birthday on Feb. 26 , with author talks, book signings, reading circles, cultural presentations and more. For info or tickets, call (831) 775-4721 or click here . . . . Spend New Year's Eve overlooking San Francisco Bay, at the The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa . Tix are $129 per person. For info, click here . . . . The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Jessica Chastain with the Spotlight Award and composer Howard Shore with the Frederick Loewe Music Award Jan.  7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center .
NEWS
August 11, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Paddle wheel tours and wine tastings will be part of the second annual Sample the Sierra  festival in South Lake Tahoe on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4) . . . . Ceiba del Mar, near Cancun, is touting 24-hour room service, including “breakfast discreetly delivered to each room through a hidden door ” . . . . Sand Masters (Rusty, Kirk and the team) jump into the deep end at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on the Travel Channel, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. . . . Tickets start at $19.95 for Herman's Hermits and the Turtles , at the Cannery Casino in Las Vegas,  Sept.
BOOKS
April 9, 1989 | JACKSON J. BENSON
John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway did not know each other personally, although they had a number of friends, such as the photographer Robert Capa, in common. Both writers were nearly silent about each other's work in public; however, as one might expect from their personalities, Steinbeck spoke very well in private of Hemingway's work, referring to him several times in letters as "in many ways . . . the finest writer of our time," whereas all of Hemingway's references in his letters are disparaging of Steinbeck as a popular and prolific writer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Thomas Steinbeck, son of author John Steinbeck, will read from and sign his new book, "Down to a Soundless Sea," at an event organized by the Ventura County Library. The event, which is in conjunction with John Steinbeck's 100th birthday, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Ventura City Hall atrium, 501 Poli St. For more information, call 477-7332.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2010 | By Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
American author Bill Barich, a resident of Ireland these past nine years, was rummaging through a local secondhand shop in the summer of 2008 when he stumbled across a "beat up old copy" of "Travels With Charley," John Steinbeck's late-in-life attempt in 1960 to reacquaint himself with his native country. The book is a sour look at the American people as Steinbeck, in failing health, succumbed to pessimism over the caliber of his fellow citizens and their embrace of a culture built on the plastic and the contrived.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2009 | Richard Schickel
Morris Dickstein's "Dancing in the Dark" is not exactly the syncretic "Cultural History of the Great Depression" that its subtitle promises -- at best, the book treats inferentially the broad political and social trends of that desperate, crucial era. Let me quickly add, the book is something better than that: a collection of thoughtfully linked essays on relatively few but exemplary works and their creators -- novels, poems, plays, movies, art (both...
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