Oct 02, 2015-
Oct 02, 2015
02:00PM - 04:00PM
Jack London Book Discussion Group
Book Discussion
Jack London State Historic Park
Event Description


Jack London Book Discussion Group

Fall Meeting

 “Star Rover”


Friday, October 2 at



The ongoing Jack London Book Discussion Group concludes the 2014-2015 series with its fall meeting, Friday October 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to discuss Jack London’s “Star Rover,” a story told in the first person by Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life in prison at San Quentin State Prison for murder. Long periods of torture and solitary confinement are relieved by withdrawing into vivid dreams of past lives and incarnations. This extraordinary story is based on Jack London’s friend Ed Morrell.

Cost to participate in the discussion is $10 in addition to the regular $10 per car parking fee (which is collected at the entrance kiosk). To arrange for the admission to “Star Rover” discussion, visit the event page at



As with all of Jack London’s books, “Star Rover” employs evocative prose and imagery inspired by Jack’s life and times in Sonoma Valley. The October 2 session, like all the book discussion groups, will be led by two Jack London scholars, Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D. and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Ph.D. “Burning Daylight” and all of Jack London’s books are available in the museum bookshop. The final session of the Jack London Book Discussion Group meets October 2 to discuss “Star Rover.”


For the “Star Rover” discussion on October 2, meet in the main picnic area above the Ranch parking lot for the discussion, which runs from 2:00 to 4:00 pm; refreshments will be served.  Call (707) 938-5216 for questions or more information.

Discussion leaders:

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.

Fee: $10.00

Contact Information
Name: Jack London State Historic Park     Email: info@jacklondonpark.comf
Phone: 707-938-5216



In this Issue

Still Sonoma Strong

The firestorm was declared fully contained two weeks later on Nov. 6. In that time, nearly 78,000 acres were destroyed; 180,000 people were evacuated (including 300 inmates in the North County jail); ...

Healdsburg Then and Now

On a bend in the Russian River with the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Chalk Hill American Viticulture Areas on its periphery, Healdsburg has much to offer. It’s a magnet for those seeki...

Restoration Hardware

U.S. brick-and-mortar retailers are in retreat. Pier 1 Imports is planning on closing more than 140 stores and Z Gallery is shuttering 44 locations. Sears filed for bankruptcy, joining Gymboree and Pa...

See all...