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July 7, 2011
Tickets available for Steinbeck Festival

By Max Ehrenfreund

Tickets are available for the 31st annual Steinbeck Festival, which will be held August 4-7 in Salinas and on Cannery Row in Monterey.

The theme of the festival is "Friends and Foes." Speakers include:

Kirk Curnutt, novelist and author (Breathing Out the Ghost, Dixie Noir)

David Dominguez, poet (Work Done Right, The Ghost of Cesar Chavez)

Elda Rotor, Penguin Classics editorial director

Terri Schneider, endurance athlete (Triathlon Revolution: Training, Technique and Inspiration)

The festival will also feature the work of Pierre-Alain Bertola, the French artist who created De souris et des hommes (Editions Delcourt, 2009). The book is the first graphic novel adaptation of one of John Steinbeck's novels. Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, will speak on the significance of graphic novel adaptations of classic literature.

Tickets can be purchased online at and over the phone at (831) 775-4721.

The price of $150 includes all admission to all events over the weekend except lunches and evening events after 7. Discounted tickets are available for $135 to members of the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

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