Literary critic Alfred Kazin once said, “the greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.” Throughout 2016, Jack London State Park is heeding those words for their year-long celebration of the author and adventurer who called Sonoma County home with their “Discover Your Call of the Wild” event series that boasts musical performances, tours, lectures and more happening in accordance with the centennial anniversary of London’s death.
The event series also includes the Jack London Book Club, who will meet four times over the next 12 months and discuss four of London’s most enduring novels. Led by two Jack London scholars, professor Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D. and Sonoma County poet laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Ph.D., the group aims to celebrate London’s life and legacy by reading his popular works of fiction.
On March 5, the group commences with a discussion of London’s signature novel, Call of the WIld. On June 4, The Sea-Wolf is examined. In the fall, on October 7, the group talks through White Fang. And finally, on December 3, London’s The Valley of the Moon is given an in-depth look.
Admission to these book club meetings is free, but space is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot. For more information and to register, visit jacklondonpark.com.