Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Balladeer

Wherever you can look, wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, Tom Joad, hero of The Grapes of Wrath, promised he’d be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, he’d be there, too. Lately the ubiquitous Tom and the rest of the Joads are visiting Fullerton, where the city has adopted John Steinbeck’s novel about labor justice as the subject of its civic read-in with Fullertonians reading and talking history and literature. And singing, too. The library’s impressive Steinbeck-themed parallel events lineup brings Woody Guthrie, all-American Dust Bowl troubadour to town, in the form of singer/educator Ross Moore, whose one-Woody show includes storytelling and classic songs of the era for the whole family—hell, the whole city! This book is your book. This novel is my novel. This read is made for you and me.
Tue., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., 2010

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