March 21, 2013
John Steinbeck’s work to be performed, analyzed at “Scribe of Social Conscience: Steinbeck Plus Seventy-Five”
Date: Monday, March 25, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Union
Ballroom D, third floor
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Marquette University and the Center for Peacemaking will host author/actor/educator Paul McComas, a Milwaukee native and two-time recipient of the Chicago Reader’s “Critic’s Choice” in Theater and Performance, on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom D, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
Three-quarters of a century after the publication of “the great American novella” Of Mice and Men (1937) and the epic Depression-era protest novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), McComas will present dramatic readings from, and commentary on, these and three other Steinbeck classics.
McComas is the author of four acclaimed books: two novels, Planet of the Dates and Unplugged, and two short-story collections, Unforgettable (a Silver Prize-winner at 2012's Midwest Book Awards) and Twenty Questions. Since 1998, he's taught writing, literature and film, winning awards from National-Louis and Northwestern universities. A recipient of the Mental Health Association’s Distinguished Service Award, he serves on the National Leadership Council of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, as well as on its speakers’ bureau. He and wife Heather, a fellow fiction writer, live in Evanston, Ill.