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Since the 1945 publication of John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row, literary travelers have been drawn to the seaside town of Monterey, California. A must-see is the diminutive, weather-beaten dwelling at 800 Cannery Row, once the home and professional domain of Ed Ricketts–a marine biologist, Steinbeck’s close friend, and the inspiration for the character Doc in Cannery Row. The Cannery Row Foundation gives tours of “Doc’s lab” on select days throughout the year, including this Saturday, February 27th, to commemorate Steinbeck’s birthday.

Steinbeck was a frequent visitor to the lab in the 1930s, along with other writers and artists who showed up for the legendary parties that sometimes went on for days.  He would often walk the short distance from his cottage in nearby Pacific Grove to Cannery Row, where he indulged in “whiskey and conversation” with Ricketts. “Life on Cannery Row,” Steinbeck reminisced years later, “was curious and dear and outrageous.”

Tours are given hourly from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, visit

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My new favorite bookstore: Rough Draft in Kingston, NY, where the page-turners are plentiful and a stellar selection of craft beer and cider is on tap. Situated in a historic building with exposed brick and stone walls, Rough Draft has a welcoming vibe that invites people to linger, browsing the shelves, relaxing on one of the comfy couches, or having a drink and a chat at the bar. #dreamyplaces #roadtrip #hudsonvalley #bookstores #indiebookstore #booksandbeer #literarytravel #kingstonny #roughdraftbarandbooks @roughdraftny
“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place.” 🌸 #bookclubpick Had fun revisiting a childhood favorite for this month’s selection. And now I desperately want a return trip to Yorkshire, where the story is set. #thesecretgarden #franceshodgsonburnett #bookclub #books #igreads #bookstagram #booksofig #readinggroup #classicliterature #booksofinstagram #bibliophile
💜 this novel. It’s fast-paced historical fiction, both comic and serious, with quirky, witty characters and terrifically vivid writing. Chapters alternate between the past, slowly revealing why, as the story opens, Alice “Nobody” James is on a train headed west, fleeing New York City in 1921 with a bullet wound and a suitcase full of cash, and the present, where she becomes embroiled in a mystery in Portland, Oregon. She hides out at the city’s only all-black hotel, the Paragon, where even with a knack for going unnoticed she stands out as the sole white woman on the premises. Meanwhile, the KKK has arrived in Portland, spreading violence and hate. When a child from the Paragon goes missing, Alice is determined to help her new friends find him, leading to disastrous consequences and the unraveling of long-held secrets. Paired with #EmpressGin. Although the story takes place during Prohibition, the cocktails flow behind closed doors. #theparagonhotel #lyndsayfaye #igreads #bookstagram #books #booklove #novels #pageturner #booksofinstagram #bibliophile

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