From Bradbury to Steinbeck: Prominent Bradbury Storytelling Artist will Headline Grapes of Wrath celebrations in Indianapolis

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Carol Birch, a nationally-recognized storyteller and friend of the Bradbury Center, will be in Indianapolis on March 19th to cap a month of events focused on one of Ray Bradbury's favorite authors: Nobel laureate John  Steinbeck and his classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Carol will perform "Steinbeck Out Loud" from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 19th at The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Other events in this series includes book discussions at Indianapolis branch libraries and a film screening of the 1940 film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Library on March 6th. Details of these events and Carol Birch's performance may be found in the billboard below. The program's partners include the Indianapolis Public Library, Storytelling Arts of Indianapolis, and The Indiana Writer's Center.

Carol Birch has an abiding love for Ray Bradbury's work, and has been a regular performer at the annual Bradbury Storytelling Fest in Waukegan, Illinois. She most recently performed Bradbury's story "Exchange" at the October 2015 Bradbury Fest, and has been a six-time featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival. As a teenager and young adult, Bradbury was captivated by Steinbeck's early novels, and actually met the author during a 1945 journey through Mexico. On his way home from the 1939 World Science Fiction Convention in New York, Bradbury purchased his first copy of The Grapes of Wrath; this novel would have a great impact on his creativity, providing the kind of panoramic inter-chapters of 1930s Depression-era migration life that Bradbury would himself adapt to structure the bridging chapters of interplanetary migration found in The Martian Chronicles.