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PASSING OF THE CENTER'S FOUNDER, DR. MARTHA HEASLEY COX
With great sadness, the Center announces the death of its founder, Martha Heasley Cox, on September 5, 2015. She was 96 years old. A public memorial service will be held in the Center on Tuesday, October 6, at 2:00pm. Read a remembrance by former Center Director Paul Douglass at SteinbeckNow.com.
SPRING 2016 CONFERENCE
The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars announces a conference, "John Steinbeck as an International Writer," to be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library at San José State University May 4-6, 2016 (immediately preceding the 2016 Steinbeck Festival in Salinas/Monterey). Accepting conference paper proposals through February 2016.
The 2015-2016 Steinbeck Fellows have been selected. Congratulations to Candace Eros Díaz, Jennie Lin, and Gabriel Thompson. This year we received nearly one hundred applications. Thank you to all who took the time to apply. Applications for 2016-2017 fellowships are due January 2, 2016. Apply now.
2007-2008 Steinbeck Fellow Peter Nathaniel Malae has been awarded a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship in drama, on the strength of his new play The Question.
STEINBECK RENAISSANCE OF 2015 DECLARED ON 113TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN NOBEL LAUREATE’S BIRTH
February 27, 2015 - Interest in Steinbeck is surging. Steven Spielberg is reportedly preparing a remake of The Grapes of Wrath. Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play the lead in East of Eden. Last week the actor James Franco, who starred on Broadway last year as George in Of Mice and Men, announced that next month he will start filming an adaptation of Steinbeck’s little-known 1936 novel In Dubious Battle.
Today marks the 113th anniversary of Steinbeck’s birth. To celebrate the occasion, the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars and the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University have proclaimed a Steinbeck Renaissance. Read more.
New Major Biography of Steinbeck To Be Published in 2019
April 20, 2015 - Norton has announced that it will publish Mad at the World: John Steinbeck and the American Century, by William Souder, in 2019. Souder is the author of Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of the Birds of America, a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Biography.
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