The Penguin Book Truck stopped in Albuquerque on Wednesday. It was passing through as part of the celebration of the 75 anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. They were traveling with the The National Steinbeck Center and are recreating “the journey that The Grapes of Wrath‘s Joad family took along America’s Route 66 through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona at the height of the Dust Bowl—toward California and their hopes of a better life.”
I waited around on Wednesday to see what time they’d arrive at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and decided to run some errands before stopping for a visit. I got there around 1:30 pm and I tried to contain my excitement! There were a lot of people to see the special events at the museum in honor of Steinbeck, but not many browsing the book truck.
I spoke with one of the Penguin reps, but didn’t catch is name. It was his first visit to Albuquerque and he was loving it. I asked him if they went to see the balloons (the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is held in early October) and he said yes, that they were there at 5:30 am in the morning and had fun. We spoke a bit about books and he recommended Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest release, The Signature of All Things.
I spent some time browsing and since part of the proceeds go to the Steinbeck center, I purchased Steinbeck’s King Arthur and another book that I won’t mention because it’s part of my sister’s gift and she reads the blog (hi Liz!).
They had the new Penguin horror books curated by Guillermo del Toro and oh my gosh they are gorgeous! If I had been carrying more cash, I would have bought a title or two. I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture of them. These will make a gorgeous gift for any horror fan.
My purchases with the gift book blanked out. I also picked up a copy of Penguin’s annotated classics catalog and 2 posters (one features the different Penguin logo through the years). And, I was given a free tote bag! The Penguin employee laughed when I told him I wanted one badly. 😀