John Mellencamp will be honored with the John Steinbeck Award by the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University in California. The award is given to a person whose work reflects the themes and beliefs Steinbeck, author of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men," explored in his writing, such as championing the working class and support for environmental causes.  John Mellencamp in an exclusive club with previous recipients like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, playwright Arthur Miller and author Studs Terkel.