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Cannery Row Days 2024

Discover the Stories Behind Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat
April 18 - May 11, 2024

Tortilla Flat Flyer (2)Considered John Steinbeck's first critical and commercial success, Tortilla Flat (1935) is an early John Steinbeck novel set in Monterey, California. The book tells the story of Tortilla Flat - the fictional town based on several neighborhoods in Monterey - and a few of its more colorful characters, a multicultural group of errant friends referred to as paisanos. 

This year's Cannery Row Days will go beyond the page, highlighting the real people, places and stories behind Steinbeck's novel. Join us for both in-person and Zoom lectures, a walking tour, basketweaving, a special screening of Victor Fleming's 1942 adaptation of Steinbeck's novel, and much more.

Space is limited, so make sure to register for these events early!

Schedule of Events
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Thursday, April 18: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Susan Gregory's Tortilla Flat

Speaker: Dennis Copeland (Historian)
Location: Monterey Public Library, Community Room

Thursday, April 25: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Steinbeck and Mexico: Considering Tortilla Flat
Speaker: Susan Shillinglaw (Professor of English Emerita, San Jose State University)
Location: Presented on Zoom

Thursday, May 2: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Stirring the Pot: Working the Canneries, a Multicultural Stew
Speaker: Tim Thomas (Fisheries Historian)
Location: Presented on Zoom

Wednesday, May 8: 4:00 - 5:00pm
The Long, Slow Death of Eddie Romero
Speaker: Joe Livernois (Writer)
Location: Monterey Public Library, Community Room

Other Cannery Row Days Events 
Sunday, April 21: 11:00am
In the Footsteps of the Paisano: A Walking Tour with Tim Thomas
Location: Old Fisherman's Wharf

Thursday, April 25: 3:30 - 4:30pm
Paws to Read: Featuring Tortilla Flat and related books
Location: Monterey Public Library, Community Room

Friday, May 3: 3:30pm
Tortilla Flat Reading Group with Susan Shillinglaw
Location: Colton Hall

Sunday, May 5: 1:00 - 3:00pm

Ohlone Basketweaving Demonstration with Linda Yamane and Violet Smith
Location: Colton Hall

Friday, May 10: 4:00 - 5:00pm
From the Archives: The Sal Colletto Collection
Location: Monterey Public Library, Community Room

Saturday, May 11: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Tortilla Flat (1942): A Film Screening
Location: Monterey Public Library, Community Room