If you’re inclined to show up in Salinas, California, this Sunday, February 26, stop by the National Steinbeck Center, which is hosting a celebration in honor of the writer’s 110th birthday. The day-long festivities include musical performances, reading circles, and more, including birthday cake.

Take some time to meander through the Center, which is truly a bibliophile’s fun house with interactive exhibits, mini-theaters showing film adaptations of The Grapes of Wrath and other works, thematically arranged galleries offering in-depth looks into the worlds of Steinbeck’s novels, and an oversize crossword puzzle for testing your Steinbeck smarts. Also on display is the custom-made pickup truck camper that was home to the writer and his canine companion during their 34-state journey recounted in Travels with Charley.

[Photo ©National Steinbeck Center]

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