Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Steinbeck Expert Robert DeMott Speaks at the WCPL

De Mott chats after his lecture with John Vellenga, President of the Buchanan Center for the Arts Board of Directors.

De Mott with Jim De Young, OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) coordinator and Gary Tomlin, the Executive Director of the Sandburg Days Festival for the Mind.

Dr. Robert De Mott of Ohio University and a noted expert on the work of John Steinbeck gave a lecture on Wed. April 25th at the Warren County Library. He was in the area helping to promote this year's Sandburg Days-Festival for the Mind and the National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" program, which features Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

DeMott's talk suggested some ways to both read and interpret Steinbeck's novel and also included some interesting personal stories about how a chance encounter with Steinbeck's widow at an academic conference gave him special access to several important Steinbeck archives.

The lecture was co-sponsored by Old Friends Talk Arts (OFTA) and the Warren County Library Board. Some thirty local residents attended the presentation and also enjoyed the informal reception that followed.

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