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Kick-off to Cannery Row Days: A Novel Celebration

Kick-off to Cannery Row Days: A Novel Celebration

This program will be recorded and available on the Monterey Public Library's YouTube channel.


This year is the 75th anniversary of the publication of Steinbeck’s masterpiece, Cannery Row. This little novel, written immediately after Steinbeck returned from working as a journalist overseas during World War II, captures life in 1930s Monterey as well as the ecological vision of Steinbeck and his friend Edward F. Ricketts. Cannery Row celebrates community; Steinbeck’s model was the intertidal.


Dive into Cannery Row, and join online presentations, discussions, and films about the history of the Row, Ricketts, ecology, friendship, and communities.


Join tonight's kick-off to Cannery Row Days: A Novel Celebration with Susan Shillinglaw, Robert DeMott, and Gerry Low-Sabado who will consider the first 5 chapters of the book. Start reading!


Robert DeMott Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus Ohio University and author of numerous studies of John Steinbeck and editor of Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath.


Gerry Low-Sabado Great granddaughter of Quock Mui, the first documented Chinese woman born in the Monterey Area. Gerry’s tireless research into the history of Chinese villages on the peninsula has helped to teach about the struggles, hardships, and contributions of diverse peoples in our community.


Susan Shillinglaw Professor of English, San Jose State University, whose research focuses on John Steinbeck.


We acknowledge and appreciate the sponsors of Cannery Row Days: A Novel Celebration:

City of Monterey, Monterey Public Library, Cannery Row Company, Cannery Row Foundation, Western Flyer Association


With special appreciation to Susan Shillinglaw who graciously led the ship crew: Greg Caillet, Dennis Copeland, Tim Thomas, and Inga Waite.

Registration closes an hour before the program. Participate on Zoom, or call by phone. The Zoom webinar information will be sent to registered participants shortly before the program begins. This program will be recorded and available on the Library's YouTube channel for viewing.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
6:30pm - 7:45pm
  Adults     Teens  
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