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Commemorating John Steinbeck: 50th Anniversary of his Death

John Steinbeck Oral History Project
While most of America thinks about The Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men when they think of Steinbeck, Sag Harbor residents will always remember him for the way that he touched their lives and the community. Among many fond memories, some may remember him from the 1964 Harborfest, then called the Old Whaler’s festival, when he helped hand out the trophies for the whaleboat races. Come down to the library and help us remember and preserve Steinbeck- we will be collecting oral histories from folks who remember personal stories about him. Please contact us during November and December to make an appointment to share your memories. Call 631-725-0049 or e-mail

John Steinbeck: The Favorite Writer Many Love To Hate
John Steinbeck’s writings have made him a favorite in the hearts and minds of millions of readers in the United States and across the world. Yet throughout his career, and even today 50 years after his death, he was (is) subjected to relentless, at times cruel, condemnation largely by the professional literary community. How can this apparent irony and enigma be explained? Explore this fascinating subject with Prof. Richard E. Hart, one of the few academics who has explored the philosophical dimensions of Steinbeck’s work. He serves on the editorial board of STEINBECK REVIEW and has been an officer of the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars. Registration required, limit 40.
Sunday, December 9, 3:00-4:30 pm

Film Screenings:

East of Eden
A willful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother’s girlfriend. Registration required, limit 40.
Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Of Mice and Men (1939)
Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch. Registration required, limit 40.
Thursday, December 27, 7:00-8:46 pm

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