Researching a Historical Figure: Bringing Charmian Kittredge London to the Page
October 17th as Iris Jamahl Dunkle Takes us Into the Life of a Trailblazer, Author, and Adventurer
At our Sunday, October 17th meeting, award-winning literary biographer Iris Jamahl Dunkle will take us on the adventure of Charmian Kittredge London’s life. We’ll learn about her time living in Oakland and Berkeley, working in San Francisco, and her career as a writer. Dunkle will talk about the process she went through discovering her life: one that 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.
About our Keynote Iris Jamahl Dunkle
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 at IrisJamahlDunkle.com.
Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Hardship pricing is available.
12:00 Club leaders check-in
12:30 Networking in breakout rooms with members & guests
1:30 Featured Member Amarjit Pannu
1:45 Keynote Speaker Iris Jamahl Dunkle
2:30 Short break
3:00 – 4:00 Marketing Success Group*
4:00 – 5:00 Craft Group
*members only; guests may sit in
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