Symposium 2014

Call for Papers (below)

Panel and Paper Proposal Form

Registration Form


October 29-November 2, 2014

Berkeley City Club Hotel

315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704

(510) 848-7800

The 12th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium will be held at the Berkeley City Club Hotel, a landmark Bay Area building designed by Julia Morgan, October 29-November 2, 2014. The Society’s fabulous room rate is $115 per night for most rooms; all 35 rooms at the hotel are blocked. The City Club is located in downtown Berkeley within easy walking distance to campus, libraries, and restaurants, especially close to Telegraph Ave. (2 blocks away) and BART (5 blocks). It features elegant old-world rooms offering spectacular views of bridges and the city; an indoor 1930s-style pool with vaulted roof; and an award-winning restaurant. The Symposium registration fee will include several meals in the hotel and on its Terrace.  Check your mail and the JLS website for the Call for Papers and Registration forms. You should send your Symposium registration forms and proposal forms by filling them out at the website or and emailing them as attachments. You may either pay for the symposium registration via our web site PayPal feature or send in a check made out to the Jack London Society to Jeanne Reesman Department of English, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX 78429. IMPORTANT: YOU MUST call the hotel directly for guest room reservations, Kellie Robinson at Front Desk Services (510-280-1534), mentioning the special conference rate. It will fill up fast. When it does, there will be information available on overflow hotels. Hotel reservation deadline: also August 15, 2014. They do not accept internet reservations. Please call soon as they are awaiting us. Because of the highly discounted room rates, the registration fee will be a bit more but will include several meals and an all expenses paid trip to the Jack London Ranch.

Symposium Call for Papers: Papers are invited on any aspect of Jack London’s life and literary works. London as a Californian, as farm child, frequent mover, waterfront gang member, high school and college student, inhabiting Berkeley and area addresses are all of interest, as are John and Flora London’s histories, London’s versions of his boyhood and young adulthood, London as a Bay Area sailor, rancher, and promoter of California. London and race, socialism, unions, and class; the West Coast as a launching point North and West to the Asias; London and other West Coast writers; influence of London’s naturalism abroad; global dimensions of London’s socialism, London as influence on later writers—there are many possibilities for topics. Proposals on any aspects of London’s life and works are considered. Proposals of entire panels are most welcome. Innovative formats such as round-tables or teaching formats are encouraged, especially those which connect London with other writers of his time and place. Send proposals, abstracts, papers to cc: by proposal deadline of June 15, 2014. Pre-registration and hotel reservation deadlines are August 15, 2014.

The Berkeley City Club is one of Julia Morgan’s most characteristic buildings, which she called her “little castle.” Morgan was best-known for designing Hearst Castle. She was also the designer of Mills College continuing her use of Arts and Crafts style She hand-selected each light fixture, dish, and linen for the City Club, which remains a woman’s club. Each guest room is painstakingly refurbished but maintains the old-world charm and her choices with antiques and luxurious furnishing. Enjoy the views of fog on the Berkeley Hills, San Francisco Bay. The BCC is steps away from the campus of UC Berkeley and surrounded by exciting shopping, cultural venues, and restaurants.

NOTE: Those scholars who wish to do research on London should contact Berkley’s Bancroft Library Reader Services department to reserve space and obtain access to the London material well in advance. The Library’s web site including information about research is

We are reserving all 35 rooms in the hotel; rates are $115 Wed. and Thurs, but $140 per night Friday-Saturday. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the elegance of each room—all are different–relax on outdoor terraces, gardens and courtyards, enjoy the historic 1930s art deco pool in the basement, gourmet cuisine and several conference lunches, receptions, as well as dine in the award-winning restaurant, Julia’s. All breakfasts are complimentary as will be coffee, tea, and soft drinks during each session. High speed internet (WiFi) is complimentary. At the hotel are a hair salon and esthetician services. Though parking at the club is limited, from valet service to nearby lots with Peninsula Parking (650-596-5728) to companies that will arrange spots for you at local lots, UNIPARK, LLC Parking (510-724-0811, and Douglas Parking (520-444-7412). Local lots and garages are nearby at the First Presbyterian Church (925-933-8795), Sather Gate Public Garage (2450 Durant Ave, 50% discount for BCC guests), and UC Berkeley Special Event Parking (510-642-5401,