The John Steinbeck Award

Jackson Browne

Through masterful albums such as Late for the Sky, The Pretender, and I'm Alive, Jackson Browne has crafted a catalog of some of the most poetic and literate pop songs ever written. And as a social activist and early crusader for environmental causes, Browne has always dared be in the forefront. A highlight of the Steinbeck Centennial (1902–2002) had to be Browne's benefit concert at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on Steinbeck's birthday, February 27. The previous night, at a dinner at the Capital Club in San José, Browne received the Award and in his acceptance speech talked about his father's great love of Steinbeck's writing. "Now, my father and I may have had our differences," said Browne, "but at least we could agree on Steinbeck."