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9780143127277HActor Chris O’Dowd, who is starring with James Franco in the current Broadway play based on John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men novel, recently took a “selfie” as he held the Penguin Classics Broadway tie-in edition of the book, then posted the photo on Instagram with the following comment: “I’m in the cover of one of my favourite books of all time #NotWorthy #Steinbeck.”
 “Steinbeck on Stage: The Grapes of Wrath at 75” was presented by the National Steinbeck Center in collaboration with the Smithsonian Associates at the Ring Auditorium at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. last Thursday (4/27) .  As part of the anniversary celebration, Penguin Classics Editorial Director Elda Rotor moderated a panel discussion that included Frank Galati of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, who created the Tony Award-winning stage version of The Grapes of Wrath, actress Lois Smith, who played Ma Joad in the Steppenwolf production, Michael Donald Edwards, artistic director of Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Penguin author/National Steinbeck Center scholar-in-residence Susan Shillinglaw. Pictured in the photo above are (left to right) Colleen Bailey (National Steinbeck Center Executive Director), Susan Shillinglaw (Penguin author/ Prof. of English at San Jose State University and Scholar-in-Residence at the National Steinbeck Center), Michael Donald Edwards (Artistic Director of Asolo Repertory Theatre), Octavio Solis (playwright), Lois Smith (actress from The Grapes of Wrath Steppenwolf and Broadway productions and Elia Kazan’s East of Eden film adaptation), Frank Galati (Tony-award winning director and writer for The Grapes of Wrath on Broadway), Patricia Wakida (writer and print artist), Andrew Sellon (Asolo Theatre cast), Elda Rotor (Penguin Classics Editorial Director), P.J. Palmer (filmmaker), and Peggy Roeder (Asolo Theatre cast). tumblr_inline_n4wu6v1UpA1rip57tSusan Shillinglaw also recently met with actor James Franco, who is currently starring in the Broadway production of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. He is shown here holding copies of Penguin’s The Grapes of Wrath and other Penguin Classics.  Shillinglaw commented that Franco is “a fellow book lover.”
Penguin’s Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck has been in the news a lot of late, sparked by the Broadway revival of a new stage adaptation starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.  On Monday night, Wheel of Fortune“America’s Game®” featured a “Books and Authors” category — when the letters were revealed they read: OF MICE AND MEN BY JOHN STEINBECK.
The 75th Anniversary of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel The Grapes of Wrath is marked by a number of special events, and NPR has chosen the book for its Book Club pick. Lynn Neary will be discussing the book and its importance on NPR’s Morning Edition (4/14) with Susan Shillinglaw, author of Penguin’s On Reading the Grapes of Wrath and Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. USA TodayThe New York Times and other outlets have been joining in with pieces about the 75th Anniversary.  Viking marks this occasion with the publication of a special hardcover commemorative edition of The Grapes of Wrath today (4/10). Shillinglaw, and Elda Rotor, Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of Penguin Classics, are participating in a Steinbeck event at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC on April 26. Shillinglaw will also participate in a panel on Steinbeck in NYC at the Roosevelt House on April 29. Steinbeck festivities continue with a Steinbeck Festival presented by the Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA, May 2-4.