One Book Steamboat Grapes of Wrath
October 1, 2018 to October 30, 2018
Join your friends and neighbors for our 2018 One Book Steamboat community read

Each year the Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a community read in Steamboat Springs. We call it ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT. For 2018, we have selected the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

The Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath Book Cover

First published in 1939, John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

About John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

John Steinbeck sitting in a chair

"Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed." — from John Steinbeck's Nobel Prize speech

The California farm town of Salinas welcomed John Steinbeck into the world on February 27, 1902, but the welcome eventually wore out. From an early age, his schoolteacher mother imparted a love of learning and language. From his bankrupt father, Steinbeck acquired a hypersensitivity to social nuances, a profound empathy for the underprivileged, and a strong work ethic that rarely left him. After receiving his diploma from Salinas High in 1919, he alternated work as a field hand with sporadic attendance at Stanford University.

One Book Steamboat Events

  • An abandoned farm north of Dalhart, Texas, 1938
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Library Hall
    Part One of a two-part documentary film by Ken Burns chronicling the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.
  • Image of a farm overtaken by a dust storm
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Library Hall
    Part Two of a two-part documentary film by Ken Burns chronicling the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.
  • John Steinbeck
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Library Hall
    A documentary film about John Ernst Steinbeck Jr., the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and East of Eden.
  • Image of the Yampa Valley
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Library Hall
    What came from the Dust Bowl experience? Consider the real-life implications of the Dust Bowl on the Northwest Colorado landscape.
  • Poster for the movie The Bikes of Wrath
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Library Hall
    Oklahoma to California: 2600 kms, 420 dollars, 30 days, 5 bikes, 3 cameras, 2 guitars and one of the most influential novels of the 20th century
  • Book Jacket for The Grapes of Wrath
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
    Conference Room - Administration Wing
    ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT book club discussions of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, led by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.
  • Book Jacket for The Grapes of Wrath
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Conference Room - Administration Wing
    ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT book club discussions of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, led by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.
  • Susan Shillinglaw sitting on a chair
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Conference Room - Administration Wing
    "80 Years On: The Grapes of Wrath, Urgent Then, Urgent Now," a conversation with one of America's top Steinbeck scholars
  • Grapes of Wrath movie poster
    Monday, October 29, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Library Hall
    See the 1940 film based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel — nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.