Jack London Panel at Oakland Book Festival (5.22.16)

Oakland Book Festival 2016

Sunday May 22 Oakland City Hall


Presented by Litquake

Hearing Room 3: 12:15—1:30pm

Jack London died 100 years ago. To commemorate the anniversary of this Oakland native, four experts will explore London’s literary legacy and what it teaches us about literature, art, and the issues we face today. 

TARNEL ABBOTT is the great grand daughter of Jack London, a political activist, and a retired librarian. She created a performance based on Jack London’s dystopian novel The Iron Heel.

IRIS JAMAHL DUNKLE is the Poet Laureate of Sonoma County. Her latest poetry book is There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air. She is currently cowriting a new biography on Jack London’s wife, Charmian Kittredge London. 

STEVEN LAVOIE is a poet and librarian who has spent his life in the shadow of Jack London. He is the author or Historic Photos of Oakland and currently manages the Oakland Temescal Branch Library.

JAY WILLIAMS is the senior managing editor of Critical Inquiry, a humanities journal published by the University of Chicago Press. He was the founding publisher and editor of the Jack London Journal. He is the author of The Author Under Sail: The Imagination of Jack London.

JACK BOULWARE (moderator) is the cofounder of Litquake, and author or coauthor of three books including San Francisco Bizarro, and the Bay Area punk history Gimme Something Better