The Grapes of Wrath Celebrates 75 Years of Publication

Join the Readers’ Services Department for two special events in

celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the publication of

John Steinbeck’s classic novel,

The Grapes of Wrath 


grapes of wrath


“April 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the first Viking hardcover publication of Steinbeck’s crowning literary achievement. First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity…”-from the publisher

Book Discussion:

The Afternoon Book Club will discuss The Grapes of Wrath on Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 PM in Meeting Room B/C on the Lower Level of the Library. No registration required. Copies of the book are currently available at the Main Floor Circulation Desk. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

grapes of wrath 1939 filmBook to Film:

We will also be meeting on Friday, June 27 at 2 PM in the Theater to view and discuss the 1940 film version of the novel starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine. All are welcome. No registration required.

 Both events will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.




– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


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