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John Steinbeck's ties to Hood Canal topic of historian's talk

Historian/author Michael Kenneth Hemp will talk about "Western Flyer's Departure and Connections to the Hood Canal" at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club, 330 E. Country Club East, Union.

Hemp is investigating the Hood Canal connections to ecologist Ed Ricketts, author John Steinbeck ("Grapes of Wrath," "East of Eden") and the ship The Western Flyer. The Gig Harbor resident is a member of the Mason County Historical Society.

Hemp will also sell and sign copies of his book, "Cannery Row: The History of John Steinbeck'...


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