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This year, the 33rd Annual Steinbeck Festival, hosted by the National Steinbeck Center, will take place May 3-5 in Salinas, Calif., featuring the theme “Home.” John Steinbeck was born, raised and buried in the town of Salinas, and the festival in his name now celebrates Salinas and the surrounding communities.
The 2013 festival’s “Old Home Week” will offer highlights such as an opening night reception, talks about Steinbeck’s life and loves and the Books, Beer & Bubbly by the Bay VIP Reception in Cannery Row, among other offerings for Steinbeck lovers from all over. Other festival features will include tours, films, food and the visual and performing arts. Talks will take place May 4 and feature renowned Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw and professor of American literature, Gavin Cologne-Brooks from Bath Spa University, England.
Salinas is also home to the National Steinbeck Center, which is located at the birthplace of John Steinbeck and houses a museum and cultural institution complete with a variety of visitor experiences. Tickets for the 2013 Steinbeck Festival are currently on sale on the National Steinbeck Center’s website.