Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in News, Roadside America, Route 66 |

On Friday, April 7, I’ll be signing books and showing photography at the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas … where we held the very first launch event for the first edition of Route 66 Railway in fall 2008.  Download the official press release here or check it out below. An event flyer can be downloaded and printed by clicking here.

For model railroading fans, the Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad museum will be open just a block away, in the Railway Express Building next to the Amtrak station, from 5-8 pm.

Local Author Elrond Lawrence to Sign Copies of Route 66 Railway at National Steinbeck Center, April 7

Salinas author Elrond Lawrence will sign copies of his coffee table book Route 66 Railway on Friday, April 7, at the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas. Part of the First Fridays Art Walk, the signing event will take place from 4:30-7 pm. The public can enjoy the Steinbeck Center’s permanent exhibit, plus wine tasting and live bluegrass music from Clear Blue Clay.

Route 66 Railway explores the 90-year relationship between famed U.S Highway 66 and the Santa Fe Railway in the American Southwest, featuring dramatic color photography and lively essays. It examines the rise, fall and rebirth of these iconic routes, taking the reader on a journey that spans nine decades and more than 800 miles from California to New Mexico. A revised and expanded second edition of the book is now available six years after the first edition sold out.

During the April 7 signing event, Elrond will also discuss his 30 years of photographing America’s historic railroads, vintage highways, forgotten towns, and other treasures across California and the Southwest.  Elrond’s writing and photography appears in magazines, books, calendars and advertising; sample work can be viewed at his website,

For more information, visit or call the National Steinbeck Center museum at (831) 775-4721.