By Utamu BelleLocal Government Elections (LGE) Nomination Day in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) saw a smooth and peaceful process being executed at the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) office at Mackenzie on Friday. Contesting party members were in full campaign mode before and after handing in their lists of candidates vying for the eight constituencies which fall under the Linden municipality.Four parties submitted lists in Linden, inclusive of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the Alliance For ChangeAPNU Linden campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson on Friday after submitting the party’s list(AFC) and the United Republican Party (URP).Independent group, the New Horizon Movement was unsuccessful in handing in its list, having arrived late. Meanwhile, individual candidate, Orrin Miller, announced that he had joined forces with the PPP and was no longer contending as an individual for Constituency Four.Additionally, Independent Group Linden For Lindeners was a no show for submission. APNU was the first party to submit as the office opened its doors to facilitate the process. The party’s campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson, after submitting the list told members of the media that the party is currently in full campaign mode and is sending a strong message. APNU has submittedThe Linden PPP group outside the GECOM office in Lindencandidates for all eight constituencies in Region 10.Speaking after the PPP handed in its list, party representative Akani Blair said the process was very smooth, as he applauded GECOM’s staff for professionalism. He said the Party will work hard to effect positive change, once given the opportunity. “We’re covering all the constituencies… these Local Government Elections, we’re excited about it and we believe if the voting public give us that opportunity, we are going to effect change like never before in this town of Linden. This municipality would have suffered immensely and we (will) make the changes that are required for the upward mobility of this community… and we know that we are going to do much better than previous Councils if given this opportunity,” he said.
Sellers expect the sale, auctioned in two lots, to fetch more than $500,000. “I would say it might well be the Steinbeck sale of the century,” said Bruce MacMakin, senior vice president of Pacific Book Auction Gallery, which is handling the sale on behalf of the producer’s widow, Twila Martin. The unpublished story, “If This Be Treason,” described a McCarthy-era firing of a TV star investigated by the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee. Steinbeck, a naturalistic writer best known for his tales of the Depression, won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for such novels as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men.” He died in 1968. The manuscript sale has been the talk of the week for Steinbeck scholars and booksellers. “This’ll be a feeding frenzy when this stuff comes up,” said Bob DeMott, a distinguished professor of English at Ohio University, who has published eight books about Steinbeck. “I think it’s the only manuscript of a novel not in a museum – it’s wonderful,” said David Meeker of Nick Adams & Co. Rare Books in Sacramento, which specializes in Steinbeck and Hemingway editions. Musical conceived Meeker said he heard the manuscript for “Sweet Thursday” was being shopped around for $500,000. Its reserve auction price is $300,000. In the early 1950s, Steinbeck and Martin had conceived of a musical based on “Cannery Row.” Although the “Bear Flag” script was never finished, it resulted in the novel “Sweet Thursday,” published in 1954. Eisenberg, a close friend of Martin, was asked by his widow in 2004 to sort through the box that had been collecting dust in her Hollywood Hills closet for 50 years. With a stack of Steinbeck at hand, including “Sweet Thursday,” Eisenberg had his “Aha!” moment after two months of eye-stinging study. “You have to understand something: This isn’t the easiest stuff to read,” said Eisenberg, who’s a filmmaker, scriptwriter, co-founder of the All Cities Library publishing group and author of such books as “How to Survive a Day Job.” “I got double vision up late nights. “The bottom line is: This is inexpressible – how many times in your life can you touch history, help preserve history? I truly feel … I made a difference in saving important literature.” dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The cardboard box, found in the effects of the late “Guys and Dolls” producer Ernest H. Martin, contained the 188-page draft of “Sweet Thursday,” the lighthearted sequel to “Cannery Row.” On crumbling sepia-toned pages, it also contained the unfinished draft of “The Bear Flag Cafe,” an unperformed musical comedy collaboration with Martin and partner Cy Feuer from which the novel emerged. As if that weren’t enough, there were carbon copies of 13 Steinbeck letters dated from 1953, the manuscript of “The Log From The Sea of Cortez,” and a never-published short story. The Steinbeck treasure trove, sorted and preserved by Eisenberg, will be auctioned May 24 in San Francisco. `Sale of the century’ NORTH HILLS – Writer Joel Eisenberg was poring over some crumbling manuscripts at 3 a.m. when the bombshell hit. He realized the handwritten scrawl swimming before his eyes was none other than the missing draft of “Sweet Thursday” by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. What followed was literary shock – and a string of writerly expletives. “This stuff was unbelievable – just laying in a box,” said Eisenberg, 43, of North Hills. “I had this `Aha!’ moment when I realized not only what I had here, but what I had the responsibility to do.”