Carlsbadistan Reads: Travels With Charley

by The Editors on March 17, 2010

TravelswithcharlieJohn Steinbeck is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and we as Californians can be very proud that he is ours. The Carlsbad Library is celebrating Steinbeck in the month of April as the community reads Steinbeck’s classic road book Travels With Charlie: In Search of America.

In 1960, author John Steinbeck took a cross-country road trip with his poodle, Charley, to reacquaint himself with the America he’d written about all his life. The result was “Travels With Charley: In Search of America,” an intimate look at one of America’s greatest authors. . . . Other events scheduled for April include a Steinbeck film series; a program on the travels of early Carlsbad residents, presented by the Library’s Carlsbad History Room; a travel writing workshop; and Carlsbad Playreaders presenting “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Steinbeck’s son Thomas Steinbeck wlll discuss his legendary father in person on Saturday, April 24, 2010. If we can get if for our Kindle app, we’re on it.

For more information on all the Steinbeck events in April follow the jump.
Carlsbad Reads Together is modeled on national reading programs designed to bring community members together and engage them in discussion about the same book at the same time. Carlsbad Reads Together is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library.

In 1960, author John Steinbeck took a cross-country road trip with his poodle, Charley, to reacquaint himself with the America he’d written about all his life. The result was “Travels With Charley: In Search of America,” an intimate look at one of America’s greatest authors.

Author Thomas Steinbeck will discuss his work as well as that of his legendary father on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Seating is limited and tickets will be required. Thomas Steinbeck’s books will be available for sale and signing following his talk.

Other events scheduled for April include a Steinbeck film series; a program on the travels of early Carlsbad residents, presented by the Library’s Carlsbad History Room; a travel writing workshop; and Carlsbad Playreaders presenting “The Grapes of Wrath.” A full schedule of events is included below.

The libraries have ordered additional copies of “Travels With Charley” to coincide with Carlsbad Reads Together. A special resource guide for “Travels With Charley” is available at Library facilities and online at www.carlsbadlibrary.org.

Everyone is invited to join the free book discussions for “Travels With Charley”:
April 1 at 7 p.m. at Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane
April 6 at 7 p.m. at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
April 7 at 2 p.m. at Carlsbad City Library
April 8 at 2 p.m. at Georgina Cole Library
April 13 at 6 p.m. at Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place (Spanish-language discussion)
April 26 at 7 p.m. at Carlsbad City Library

Previous Carlsbad Reads Together selections have included Firoozeh Dumas’ “Funny in Farsi,” Alexander McCall Smith’s “The No 1. Ladies’ Detective Agency,” Elie Weisel’s “Night,” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and T.C Boyle’s “The Tortilla Curtain.”

Carlsbad City Library Locations
The Carlsbad City Library system serves the community with three locations: Carlsbad City Library at 1775 Dove Lane; Georgina Cole Library at 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive; and the Library Learning Center at 3368 Eureka Place. For more information, visit www.carlsbadlibrary.org.

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Carlsbad City Library Events for Carlsbad Reads Together 2010

All events are free, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional event information, visit www.carlsbadlibrary.org or call 760-602-2026.

Steinbeck Celebration
Saturday, April 24
Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane
Join us for events celebrating author John Steinbeck and “Travels With Charley.”
11 a.m.: Steinbeck authority Dr. Susan Shillinglaw examines the author’s life and work. Dr. Shillinglaw is a Professor of English at San Jose State University and Scholar-in-Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

2 p.m.: Author Thomas Steinbeck will discuss his work as well as that of his legendary father. Free tickets, limit two per person, will be given out beginning an hour before the talk. Thomas Steinbeck’s books will be available for sale and signing.

Carlsbad Reads Together Movies
Movies screened at Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium, except the April 7 film, which will be at Georgina Cole Library.

April 7 at 6 p.m. “Horatio’s Drive” (2004, not rated, 106 minutes)
Georgina Cole Library, Community Room
PBS documentary about the first person to drive cross-country in 1903.

April 14 at 6 p.m. “East of Eden” (1954, rated PG, 118 minutes)
April 21 at 6 p.m. “Of Mice and Men” (1992, rated PG-13, 115 minutes)
April 28 at 6 p.m. “The Red Pony” (1949, not rated, 91 minutes)

Movie for kids and families
Wednesday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Georgina Cole Library Community Room

Join us for a cinematic retelling of the classic novel “The Incredible Journey” by Sheila Burnford. All ages welcome. (1993, rated G, 84 minutes)

Travels of Carlsbad Residents
Wednesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
A special presentation from the Library’s History Room about the travels of early Carlsbad residents.

Travel Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Workshop is free; registration is required. For more information or to reserve a space, call 760-602-2400 x8149.
Carlsbad Playreaders Presents “The Grapes of Wrath”
by John Steinbeck; directed by Sheri Allen
Monday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane
Suggested donation of $5 general/$1 students.

Book Discussions
Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane
1775 Dove Lane, Gowland Meeting Room
Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

Georgina Cole Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Community Room
Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 8 at 2 p.m.

Library Learning Center
Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. Spanish-language discussion

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