Saturday, May 5th of Festival


Saturday 1-day ticket includes: NSC talks, continental breakfast + Western Stage performance. Includes admission to NSC on Saturday | $30 (beer, & tours are extra)


“Olive Steinbeck’s World” | Historic Harvey House, Salinas | 8:45-10:00 AM | $10
Tour focuses on Steinbeck’s mother, Olive Steinbeck, and her friends. Tour also includes information about the Historic 1868 Harvey House and Rail Road Museum. (Meet at NSC)

Archive Exploration | National Steinbeck Center | 9:00-10:00 AM | GA
See highlights from our archive and collection with our Archivist Lisa Josephs while having your morning coffee.

Kate’s Walk: Tour of Downtown Salinas | Main Street, Salinas | 3:15 PM | $10
Walk down the same street that Kate did in East of Eden. Learn about Salinas’ rich literary history on this walking tour led by our docent John Mahoney. (Meet at NSC)


Steinbeck’s Home Brew Fest | 100 Block of Main Street, Oldtown, Salinas | 11:00 AM-4:00 PM | $15 tickets at
Sponsored by Salinas Steinbeck Rotary Club.

Taco Lunch | National Steinbeck Center | 12:15 PM | $10

“Olive Steinbeck’s House: The Wanderers Club” | Steinbeck House | 12:15 PM-1:30 PM | $25 tax and tip included
Special luncheon and presentations by Donald Kohrs and Susan Shillinglaw.


Festival Seminar Talks | National Steinbeck Center | 9:45 AM-5:00 PM | $30

Dr. Susan Shillinglaw | 9:45 NSC Director, “Steinbeck’s Sisters”

Mimi Gladstein | 10:15 | Professor of English at University of Texas, El Paso, and author of The Indestructable Woman in Faulkner, Hemingway and Steinbeck,
“Maiden, mother, crone: Steinbeck’s Tripartite Female”

Devon Angus and Ivy Anderson | 11:30 | Editors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, “Life on the Line: The Myth and Reality of Sex Work in Early 20th Century California” 

Brian Duchaney | 2:00 | PhD candidate, “Two can play at that game…”: Steinbeck’s Wartime Women and the Creation of the Literary Mistress”

Speaker TBA from Asian Cultural Experience (ACE) | 2:30 | “Asian Women Working in Salinas”

Anthony Newfield | 4:00 | New York actor, “Curley’s Wife Sings: The background of the musical version of Of Mice and Men” 

Saturday night:


Of Mice and Men, Musical Drama | 7:30 PM | Main Stage, Hartnell College | Free general seating
Adapted by Ira Bilowit & Wilson Lehr. West Coast Premiere performed by The Western Stage. A staged reading of Ira Bilowit’s 1958 musical of Of Mice and Men, directed by Jon Selover, Western Stage.

The 3-Day Festival Ticket includes Friday, Saturday, Sunday talks + Friday Lab Reception + Sat/Sunday continental breakfasts + Saturday taco lunch + Sunday reception. Includes admission to the NSC museum for weekend | Monterey & Salinas | May 4-6 | All Day | $90 – Click Here To Buy Tickets

If you have questions, please email Susan Shillinglaw,

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