Cannery Row Days: A Novel Celebration

Dive into Cannery Row, and join online presentations, discussions, and films about the history of the Row, Ricketts, ecology, friendship, and communities.

Participate on Zoom or by phone.
Register at or call (831) 646-3933.

Speakers and Schedule of Events.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the publication of Steinbeck’s masterpiece, Cannery Row (1945). This little novel, written immediately after Steinbeck returned from a journalistic assignment overseas during World War II, captures life in 1930s Monterey as well as the ecological vision of Steinbeck and his friend Edward F. Ricketts.Cannery Row celebrates community; Steinbeck’s model was the intertidal.

A classroom set of books can be borrowed from the Monterey Public Library, a donation from Penguin Classics. Individual copies are available for checkout as well. Contact the Reference Desk, (831) 646-3933, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.