John Steinbeck on Writing: Show & Tell

  • The Writer's Block 1020 Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 USA

A presentation by Beverly Rogers, featuring an assortment of Steinbeck editions from her personal collection.

What can the habits and preferences of an author tell us about their books? And to what extent does the “look” of a book matter? 

Join us for a discussion with avid philanthropist and bibliophile Beverly Rogers as she considers these questions in connection to John Steinbeck, an author whose books form a major part of her private collection of early-and-first editions. Topics will include the way in which the physical appearance of Steinbeck’s books contributed to the experience of his first readers, and the interplay between the author, his agents and publishers, and manufacturers in the final form of his printed material. Attention will also be paid to Steinbeck’s habits and preferences, which were extreme and sometimes humorous—and extended, even, to the brand of pencil he favored for composition.

Beverly Rogers is a noted philanthropist and scholar, and one of the namesake donors and board members of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV. An avid collector of Victorian and early twentieth-century literature, Rogers has taken special interest in the work of George Eliot, John Steinbeck—and notorious book forger Thomas J. Wise. She sits on a number of nonprofit boards, and is the Chair of the Rogers Foundation.