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 News and Events

Jasmin DarznikOn Thursday, March 1, at 7pm in the Center, former Steinbeck Fellow Jasmin Darznik returns to SJSU to read from her new novel, Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to America when she was five years old. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her
essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. The event is free and open to the public.


Steinbeck's Women Exhibit Poster

Our new exhibit, Women of Steinbeck, is on display in the Special Collections Gallery, 5th Floor of MLK Library, through January 20, 2018. See photos and artifacts exploring the lives of the influential women in Steinbeck's life, including his mother Olive Steinbeck and his wives Carol, Gwyn, and Elaine (pictured, l-r).


Announcing the 2017-2018 Steinbeck Fellows
We are excited to welcome six Steinbeck Fellows to SJSU for the 2017-2018 academic year: Dinika Amaral, Caitlin Kindervatter-Clark, Sunisa Manning, Dominica Phetteplace, C. Kevin Smith, and Shruti Swamy. Read their bios.

Thank you to all who applied. The next application deadline is January 2, 2018.

Bob Woodruff Receives John Steinbeck Award

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, journalist and philanthropist Bob Woodruff received the 2017 John Steinbeck Award in a public event in the Student Union Ballroom of San José State University. Dan Ashley of ABC7 News conducted an interview with Mr. Woodruff, who was joined onstage by his wife, Lee, the co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The event was a fundraiser for San Jose State's new Veterans Resource Center. Read More

New books by Steinbeck Fellows:
Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (poetry) by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Sundress Publications, 2016
Deceit and Other Possibilities (fiction) by Vanessa Hua, Willow Publishing, 2016
Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping (nonfiction) by Dan White, Henry Holt, 2016
Man and Wife (fiction) by Katie Chase, A Strange Object, 2016

The story "The Letician Age" by Yalitza Ferreras appears in Best American Short Stories 2016
The story "The Thomas Cantor" by Sara Houghteling has won the 2016 Narrative Prize

Remembering Thom Steinbeck (1944-2016)
With sadness, the Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies marks the passing of Thomas M. Steinbeck, elder son of John Steinbeck and author of three works of fiction.

2016-2017 Steinbeck Fellows Announced
Novelist Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo and journalist Gary Singh have been chosen from a field of 165 applications to be the 2015-2016 Steinbeck Fellows in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. The next application deadline is January 2, 2016. Read more about the Steinbeck Fellows Program.

Congratulations to 2014-2015 Steinbeck Fellow Reese Okyong Kwon, who has received a 2016 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

Congratulations to 2013-2014 Steinbeck Fellow Vanessa Hua, who has received a Writers' Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation

Congratulations to 2012-2014 Steinbeck Fellow Marian Palaia, whose debut novel, The Given World, has been long-listed for the PEN/Bingham Award for Debut Fiction.

Of Mice and Men Play Showing in UK Movie Theaters
As part of its National Theatre Live series, the UK's National Theatre is distributing a filmed version of the James Franco / Chris O'Dowd version of Of Mice and Men to movie houses across Britain this fall. The play is not currently being shown in the US, but other plays, such as Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, are available here. Check the listings for details.

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

A California geologist and businessman is restoring the Western Flyer, the fishing boat chartered by Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts for the 1940 research trip described in The Sea of Cortez (1941) and Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). The restored Flyer will be used as a science and education vessel.

Applications for 2016-2017 Steinbeck Fellowships are due January 2, 2016. Apply now.


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 was held in the Center on Tuesday, October 6, at 2:00pm. See photos and video from the memorial service and read a remembrance by former Center Director Paul Douglass at SteinbeckNow.com.

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


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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Author Thomas Steinbeck, son of John Steinbeck, on writing 

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