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In Conversation with David Ward, writer and director of the film Cannery Row

In Conversation with David Ward, writer and director of the film Cannery Row

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.


David Ward, writer and director of the 1982 film, Cannery Row, will be interviewed by Jan Price about the making of the film. 



Please watch Cannery Row before the discussion and bring questions! Check-out a Cannery Row DVD from MPL or you can rent it on YouTube or Amazon Prime ($1.99), or find it on other film hosting sites.


David Schad Ward Wrote and directed the 1982 film Cannery Row. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Sting (1973) and was nominated for Sleepless in Seattle.

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 access information will be sent to registered participants shortly before the program begins.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
2:00pm - 3:15pm
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