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Cannery Row Days: Sweet Thursday Hooptedoodles

September 16 - November 4, 2021

SweetThursdayIn the late 1940s, John Steinbeck considered both a film and a play of Cannery Row; neither project took off. But in 1953, he turned to the material again and tried a musical play, which became a novella called "Bear Flag"--which was published as Sweet Thursday (1954) a "kind of light and gay and astringent" work, Steinbeck wrote. That book became the musical Pipe Dream by Rodgers and Hammerstein, opening on Broadway in 1955.

Join us in the fall of 2021 to read Sweet Thursday and revisit Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Programs will be on Thursdays at 4pm

Participate on Zoom or by phone. Register at or call (831) 646-3933.

Schedule of Events

September 14: 4:00-5:00pm
Library Book Club: Sweet Thursday

Discussion will be outside on the terrace - in-person
October 7: 4:00-5:00pm
"Urban Fire & Blues: Pachuco Jazz"

Enjoy the sounds of a Pachuco band as it was heard in Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday with Pete Barraza
September 16: 4:00-5:00pm
"Sardines go to war!"

Historian Tim Thomas will explore the rise and fall of Cannery Row's fishing industry and impact of two World Wars
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October 14: 4:00-5:00pm
"What to Do with All of Your Family Stuff? Heirlooms and Research"

Kathy Nielson talks about how we might pass family “gems” to future generations.
September 23: 4:00-5:00pm
"Steinbeck Rewrites Ed Ricketts"

Susan Shillinglaw will explore Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday and the rewriting of Ed Ricketts throughout Steinbeck’s novels
October 21: 4:00-5:00pm
"Monterey Peninsula Sand Dunes Eco System"

David Shonman will explore the ecological systems of the Monterey Peninsula’s sand dunes.
September 30: 4:00-5:00pm
"SOOPLAPODS: Masters of Disguise"

Biologist Steve Webster will explore the ocean’s master of disguise, cephalopods.
October 28: 4:00-5:00pm
"Natural Fluctuations? Sea Stars, Urchins, Kelps, and Squids"

Greg Cailliet will explore the natural and human-caused cycles that have occurred over the decades in the Monterey Bay ecosystems.
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November 4: 4:00-5:00pm
"Pipe Dream: Sweet Thursday's Musical"

Broadway actor Anthony Newfield provides a glimpse into the 1955 Broadway production of Pipe Dream, based on John Steinbeck's novel Sweet Thursday
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Greg Cailliet
Professor Emeritus of Biology, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, whose specialty is ichthyology and marine ecology. He is the former president of the Cannery Row Foundation.

Susan Shillinglaw
Professor in the English Department at San Jose State University; she has written extensively on Steinbeck and is currently working on a book about Steinbeck's environmental vision.

Tim Thomas
Fisheries historian and former Director of the Monterey Maritime Museum.

Steve Webster
Steve Webster is a biologist who helped found the Monterey Bay Aquarium and retired as Senior Marine Biologist in 2005. He has led natural history trips to the Caribbean and tropical Pacific for the last 55 years.

Kathy Nielsen
A reference librarian and an educator. She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s special interest writing group, Off the Charts.

Pete Barraza
Pete Barraza is a faculty member in the English Department at the Punahou Academy in Honolulu, HI and is actively involved in the Steinbeck Youth Institute.

David Shonman
Coastal biologist and former Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History chairman

Anthony Newfield
Anthony Newfield graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and UC Berkeley. He has performed in the United States and across the world, including Broadway, film and TV.