Jack London Book Group, 5.16.14

JL-bookclub From Susan Nuernberg:

Our book discussion group at Jack London State Park will continue on May 16th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Join Susan Nuernberg and Iris Dunkle as we continue our journey through Jack London’s semi-autobiographical works in the Jack London Book Discussion Group with a discussion about one of our personal favorite’s John Barleycorn  (1913).

John Barleycorn is the closest that Jack London came to writing an autobiography and it is filled with tales from his extraordinary life: his days working in the Oakland canneries, his stories being an Oyster Pirate, his adventures sailing the world and journey to becoming a best-selling and well respected author.  As Clarice Stasz writes, “John Barleycorn was written intentionally as an anti-alcohol tract” during a particularly troubling time in London’s life.

Come join us as we celebrate this incredible book with a lively discussion at the park. Books are available at the museum book shop. Book is available in the museum book shop.

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 the Jack London State Historic Park where she 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 widely.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 and is the managing editor of VOLT.

When: May 16th, Friday, at 2:00 – 4:00pm

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

Admission: $10 , 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.

Register here http://jacklondonpark.com/john-barleycorn.html