It’s not (quite) too late to hop on board for the Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary trek. (http://grapesofwrath75.org/october-2013/) The tour tracing the Joad family’s travels started ten days ago and ends Monday, October 14, at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. The re-creation of the trek is the kick-off to a year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Grapes of Wrath.
Stops along the way the Steinbeck Center hosted discussions about Grapes of Wrath. Stops included the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff.
The tour features story telling, music, and a traveling team of artists who will collect oral histories. Artists include playwright Octavio Solis, visual artist Patricia Wakida and filmmaker P.J. Palmer.
If you missed the day-by-day experiences and historic interludes, you’ll find the daily posts on the official journal blog Celebration of the Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary continues through 2014. Check the official website to follow all the action (http://grapesofwrath75.org) The story of the Joads is a poignant portrayal of a time to be revisited by an author whose work deserves re-examination in these troubled times. The website offers a rich and enticing chance to follow the Joads and their story.