City of Letters

Step into the pages of books as you explore history and literature through the Literary Landmarks of Salinas!

Literary Landmarks include sites that have been mentioned in stories, sites relevant to stories and the people who create them. They also include Salinas’ new Public Art for a City of Letters, a series of granite boulders with inspiring inscriptions that have been placed throughout Salinas. View these sites by category or geographical area, view and print maps, and visit them all!

Who Created this Project?
This project was developed through a collaboration between the Salinas Public Library and the National Steinbeck Center, funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) www.imls.gov

What is a Literary Landmark?
To date, seventy-eight Literary Landmarks have been identified in Salinas. Literary Landmarks include sites that have been mentioned in literature or stories, including fiction, first-person memoir, or oral tradition; sites that are related to the life of an individual involved in literature or stories (e.g., a writer, journalist, etc.); or sites strongly related to issues or locations mentioned in relevant literature. Sites have not been designated a Literary Landmark simply because they have been mentioned in a history book.
This series explores just some of the many literary landmarks hidden in the streets of Salinas.

Suggest a Literary Landmark!
This discovery is an ongoing process, and the Salinas Public Library and the National Steinbeck Center welcome suggestions of additional landmark sites. If you would like to suggest a Literary Landmark, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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