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Steinbeck In Search of America series

Join us as we travel through a few of the works by Sag Harbor’s Nobel Prize winning writer, John Steinbeck. Hear world renowned experts discuss his works. See films made from his books. Spend time with Steinbeck fans. Let’s all have some fun! More details soon.

FEB. Susan Shillinglaw on Steinbeck & the Importance of Home. Nada Barry, John’s friend, joined us. One of our BEST ever events! Watch it HERE.

MAY 1, 4pm Sag Cinema Projections series: a conversation on preserving Steinbeck’s home with Town Councilman TJ Sciavoni, SH Partnership rep, Steinbeck expert Bret Johnston, and Kathryn Szoka, Canio’s Books. Afterwards, The Forgotten Village documentary will be screened.

Thurs. May 19, 6pm in the Rotunda at John Jermain Library. Special guest speaker Donald V. Coers on John Steinbeck’s World War II novel, The Moon is Down discussing the relevance of this powerful resistance story today. This is part of Canio’s series, Steinbeck In Search of America.

Donald V. Coers is professor of English at Sam Houston State University in Texas. He is author of John Steinbeck as Propagandist: “The Moon Is Down” Goes to War and After The Grapes of Wrath: Essays on John SteinbeckThe Moon is Down tells the story of a military occupation in a small town by an unnamed nation at war with England. A French language translation of the book was published illegally in Nazi-occupied France by a French Resistance publishing house. Numerous other editions were also secretly published across all of occupied Europe, including Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, and Italian versions (as well as a Swedish version); it was the best known work of U.S. literature in the Soviet Union during the war. Written with the purpose of motivating resistance movements in occupied countries, the book has appeared in at least 92 editions across the world.

Weds. May 25, 6pm at the Sag Cinema, film screening of Steinbeck’s The Moon Is Down with Q & A following.

Sat. Sept. 10 – TBA:  Forum on Travels with Charley at The Church with Steinbeck scholar, Susan Shillinglaw. Shillinglaw is English professor at San Jose State University and former Director of the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California.

Sun. Sept. 11 – TBA:  Dramatic Readings from Steinbeck’s work, with music & celebration at Canio’s Lawn. Silent Auction fundraiser for Canio’s Cultural Cafe, an educational non-profit.

* Sag Harbor Cinema Steinbeck films: The Cinema will screen East of Eden (1955); Grapes of Wrath (1940); Viva Zapata! (1952) and The Pearl (1947). Schedule TBA.

To help support this series, a donation can be made to: Canio’s Cultural Cafe

The mission of Canio’s Cultural Cafe (CCC) is to support and engender community interest in the cultural arts, with an emphasis on literature, visual arts, and current events. The CCC will accomplish this by hosting lectures, workshops, seminars and other public forums that will include a diversity of artists, writers, educators, independent scholars, students, and community members who might not otherwise be heard.  Canio’s Cultural Cafe is a 501 (c)(3).


Please help support this series with a donation to:

Canio’s Cultural Cafe

Thank you!