Datebook: February 27 – John Steinbeck Turns 110

Feb 27, 2012

John Steinbeck was born February 27, 1902 (and died December 20, 1968). He was an American writer, widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath; and East of Eden and the novella Of Mice and Men. He authored 27 books and stylistically notable for his distinct sense of place - growing up in California's Salinas Valley, and often centered on working class and migrant workers struggling during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Steinbeck had tremendous literary success in his lifetime: many of his books were quickly adapted into movies, Of Mice and Men was considered a "little masterpiece," A Grapes of Wrath was The New York Times best-selling book of February 1940. Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. In 1964, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The American Library Association says Steinbeck was one of the most frequently-banned authors, with Of Mice and Men ranking sixth out of 100 such books in the United States.

It’s Monday, February 27 Philanthropy 360, a nonprofit educational event, is tomorrow at 5PM at the Market House Theatre in Paducah.  Featured speaker Dr. Robert F. Long will discuss the latest trends in philanthropy and provide ideas for enhancing nonprofit giving programs.  The event is hosted by the Community Foundation of West Kentucky.  The 1st Annual Graves County Eagle Foundation “Night With A Champion” will be held on April 20th and will feature Tim Tebow.  Tickets are on sale today after 10AM; prices range from $25 to $100 per seat.  Purchase tickets at Graves County High School or call 856-8269.    The Center for Health and Wellness holds an AARP Driving Course tomorrow from 8AM to 12:30PM.  Participants must be age 50 or older and must attend the entire class for credit.  Kentucky insurances offer a discount to those who complete this class.  The cost is $14 or $12 for AARP members.  To register, call 762-1348. See details at, and thanks for listening.