Steinbeck and Mexico

AbeBooks and the National Steinbeck Center are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of (2) weekend passports to this year’s Steinbeck Festival which runs from August 7-10th in Salinas California. To win all you have to do is go to the contest entry page and tell us which book the following opening sentence comes from, "When are you going to get a real knife?", we will choose one correct answer at random. Enter the contest here!

It may have been 40 years since John Steinbeck passed away, but the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author is still very much in the hearts and minds of today’s readers. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that for the past 27 years the National Steinbeck Center in the Salinas Valley, California, has presented The Steinbeck Festival, celebrating the works and ideas of one of America’s greatest writers. This year from August 7-10 the Steinbeck Festival celebrates Steinbeck and Mexico.

Over a third of John Steinbeck's work is either set in Mexico or features characters of Mexican descent. From 1932 until the mid 1950s, he wrote often about the environment, history, culture and politics of Mexico. This is some of his best work: Sea of Cortez, an environmental classic written with Edward F. Ricketts; The Pearl, a novella about aspirations of poor fishermen; Viva Zapata!, about Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, directed by Elia Kazan. Mexican American characters appear in Tortilla Flat, Sweet Thursday, The Wayward Bus.

“There is a new theme every year (for the festival),” explains Amanda Holder the Director of Marketing & Communications for the National Steinbeck Center “sometimes it’s been a particular book or as of late we have combined themes such as Awards: The Price of Fame (2006) or Steinbeck and the Environment (2004).” The festival offers a great chance for hardcore fans to meet and talk with other like minded individuals while taking advantage of the loads of tours, speakers and exhibits. But you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate the speakers, even a casual Steinbeck fan can enjoy what the festival has to offer.

If you are interested in learning more about the life of John Steinbeck, here are some interesting biographies about the author:

The contest is easy; simply tell us which of John Steinbeck’s books is opened with the line shown on the contest page and we will choose one correct answer at random.

The contest closes at 2 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, July 24, 2008.

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