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News and Events
Congratulations to Mumford and Sons, who will receive the 2019 John Steinbeck Award on September 18, 2019, in Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. Mumford and Sons will be the first musical group to receive the Steinbeck Award, as well as its youngest recipients to date. The award ceremony features a conversation with the band members as well as an acoustic performance. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 9.
The timing and location of the event were chosen to mark the 100th anniversary of Steinbeck's arrival at Stanford in 1919. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Steinbeck Service Fellowship, a new program established by Stanford and SJSU to bring together students from both universities to participate in service projects across the region. Read more.
Congratulations to former Steinbeck Fellow Lysley Tenorio, whose short story "Felix Starro" has been adapted for the stage by Jessica Hagedorn and Fabian Obispo. Felix Starro marks the first time a musical created by Filipino Americans is being presented Off-Broadway. Runs through September at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd St.).
The Cox-Manville Steinbeck Bibliography is back online. Search our database of 12,000 primary and secondary sources, compiled since 1974 by the staff of the Cox Center.
Congratulations to Chia-ChiaLin, a Steinbeck Fellow during the 2015-2016 academic year, on the publication of her first novel, The Unpassing (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
Six new Steinbeck Fellows have been selected for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations to Mushfig Babayev, Gabriela Garcia, Meron Hadero, Carrie R. Moore, Shabnam Nadiya, and Laura A. Zink. Read more.
The Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and Camino Arts have commissioned a new symphony inspired by El Camino Real, entitled "Camino Chronicles." Symphony Silicon Valley will premiere the work, by the Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, during the 2020-2021 season. Read more.
May 1-3, 2019: The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars hosted "Steinbeck and the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Influence, and Impact," a conference in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library at San José State University. Read the full conference program.
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