Special guest blog from one of my favorite writers, Len Wilcox (who happens to be my dad) about one of his favorite writers. I really enjoyed this trip to the Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA.
Recently, I had the joy of traveling to Salinas with my daughter and granddaughter. It was a business trip for them, but I was going to reconnect with one of my heroes since childhood: John Steinbeck. Salinas is his birthplace, and the setting of so many of his books. Long before I moved to California I knew the Long Valley, the Monterey peninsula and the central valley very well, thanks to those books.
Salinas has done a wonderful job of documenting the legacy of John Steinbeck. Visiting the National Steinbeck Center is a joyful reunion with the heroes and villains of his books. I particularly enjoyed seeing Rocinante – the truck and camper he drove while writing Travels with Charley. Years later I had my own Rocinante. However, my book was not a best seller.
His novels explored the human condition and…
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