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Jack London's Novels and a Sense of Place

Our final book of the 2015 series is Star Rover, told in the first person by Darrell Standing a university professor, serving life in prison at San Quentin State Prison for murder. He escapes long periods of torture and solitary confinement by withdrawing into vivid dreams of past lives and incarnations. An extraordinary story based on Jack London's friend Ed Morrell.

Join in the conversation on Friday, October 2nd, 2:00-4:00. $10 plus normal parking fee.

The beauty of Sonoma County captivated Jack London and drew him to settle here. As he states in John Barleycorn, “Across Sonoma Mountain wisps of sea fog are stealing. The afternoon sun smolders in the drowsy sky. I have everything to make me glad I am alive.” Reading Jack London’s Bay Area novels is a visceral experience for those of us who recognize the places he so eloquently describes. Join us in the 2015 book discussion group at the Jack London Park as we look at London’s Bay Area novels and explore those characteristics that make a place special or unique, as well as those that foster a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging. This year’s discussions will again be led by Susan Nuernberg and Iris Jamahl Dunkle. The books are available in the House of Happy Wall's museum. Come join us as we read and discuss Jack London’s relationship with place in the following novels:

Schedule of Books

March 27: The Valley of the Moon
May 15: The Scarlet Plague
June 19: Little Lady of the Big House
August 21: Burning Daylight
October 2: The Star Rover

Susan Nuernberg is professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a past president of the Jack London Society, and a former Jack London scholar-in-residence at Sonoma State University. Her publications include The Critical Response to Jack London and The Letters of Russ Kingman. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she wrote her dissertation on race in Jack London's fiction. She is a docent at Bouverie Preserve and at Jack London State Historic Park where she also offers docent enrichment workshops.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle's debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry, essays and creative non-fiction have been published in Fence, Volt, The New Guard, Lake Effect, Sugar Mule, Calyx and many more journals.  Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University, her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University, and her Ph.D. in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference. You can follow Iris on October 18th when she offers Writing in the Park. This writing workshop will focus on the story behind the Cottage and Winery Ruins. Learn more

When: 2:00 - 4:00pm on the Fridays listed above

Where: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Meet in the main picnic area above the ranch parking lot.

Admission: $10 for each meeting, refreshments will be served

Note: A $10 parking fee will be collected at the kiosk for each meeting, however, you might consider purchasing an annual park pass for $49 which will give you unlimited entrance to the park for a year.

Description: Options Amount Quantity Select
General Admission $10 - Star Rover- Friday 10/2/15-2:00 pm-parking fee extra
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