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March 3, 2013
Bill Steigerwald
Author, "Dogging Steinbeck: Discovering America and Exposing The Truth About 'Travels With Charley'"
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Bill Steigerwald received a B.A. in history from Villanova University in 1969. He served as a researcher for CBS-TV and then became a staffer for the Los Angeles Times for ten years. He wrote for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for ten years and then spent eight years at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He is a native of Pittsburgh, has five children and currently resides south of Pittsburgh with his wife, Trudi.

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Info: Our guest is journalist and author Bill Steigerwald. He discusses his recent book titled, “Dogging Steinbeck: Discovering America and Exposing the Truth About ‘Travels With Charley.’” He challenges the authenticity of Nobel Prize recipient and author John Steinbeck’s 1962 book called “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald retraced Steinbeck’s cross country journey exactly 50 years later. He wrote about it at the time in a blog for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and kept a video log of many of the highlights of the trip. He contends that Steinbeck took so many liberties with the truth in the original book that it should not be classified as non-fiction. He says that many of the encounters Steinbeck describes were simply made up by the author. In addition, he challenges the perception that Steinbeck was roughing it during his journey. Instead, he suggests that of the 75 days he was away from his New York home, Steinbeck was accompanied by his wife for 43 days and stayed in some of the country’s top hotels, motels and resorts while the dog, Charley, was placed in a kennel. Steigerwald discusses his motivations for writing the book, and describes many of the hurdles he overcame on the journey to self publication of the book.





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