This talk will take you on the adventure of Charmian Kittredge London's life. You'll learn about her time living in Oakland and Berkeley, working in San Francisco, and her career as a writer. Our featured speaker, Iris Jamahl Dunkle will talk about the process she went through discovering Charmian Kittredge London's history and significance, which had been shadowed by her famous husband's life. In addition to collaborating with Jack London on many of his projects, Charmian wrote three books about her travels, as well as countless articles. After Jack’s death in 1916, she remained a celebrity, continuing to travel and write—and seek adventure. She also wrote a biography about her late husband and managed his estate, influencing how Jack’s literary legacy was remembered.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle is an award-winning literary biographer, essayist, and poet. She wrote the first full-length biography on Charmian London, Jack London's wife, Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2020. Her fourth collection of poems, West : Fire : Archive was published by The Center for Literary Publishing in 2021. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is the Poetry and Translation Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Learn more about Iris at her website: http://www.irisjamahldunkle.com.
Event Details: Doors Open at 12:30PM From 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Cost is $0-$10. Members who RSVP in advance receive complimentary admission.