VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // Iris Jamahl Dunkle - Charmian Kittredge London
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Join Napa Bookmine on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:00PM PDT for a virtual event with author Iris Jamahl Dunkle in conversation with Angela Pneuman about Iris's book Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Charmian Kittredge London (1871-1955) was the epitome of a modern woman. Free-spirited and adventurous, she defied modern expectations of femininity. Today she is best known as the wife of the famous American author Jack London, yet she was a literary trailblazer in her own right. This biography is the first book to tell the complete story of Charmian's life--freed from the shadow cast by her famous husband.
In this biography, Iris Jamahl Dunkle draws the reader into Charmian's private and public worlds, underscoring her literary achievements and the significant role she played in promoting her husband's legacy. Her life, as Dunkle emphasizes, required fortitude and bravery, and in many ways it paralleled the history of the American West.
Born on the mudflats of what would become Los Angeles's harbor, Charmian became an orphan at age fourteen. Raised by her aunt Netta Wiley Ames, a noted writer and editor for the Overland Monthly, Charmian attended college, became an expert equestrian and concert pianist, and had a successful career as a stenographer. But her life shifted when, in 1905, she married Jack London, already a bestselling author. For the rest of Jack's life, until his untimely death at the age of forty, reporters would follow the couple's every move. Charmian and Jack traveled the world, exploring and writing together.
In addition to collaborating with Jack 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.
Charmian Kittredge London is a central figure in California cultural history. Now, thanks to Dunkle's riveting portrait, readers have the opportunity to embark on the grand adventure that was her life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies (Trio House Press, 2017) Gold Passage (Trio House Press, 2013) and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air (Word Tech, 2015). Her poem “Listening to the Caryatids on the Palace of Fine Arts” poem will be featured on 100 buses as part of the San Francisco Beautiful and Poetry Society of America Muni Art 2020 campaign. Her works have been published in Tin House, San Francisco Examiner, Fence, Los Angeles Review of Books, Split Rock Review, Taos Poetry Journal, Pleiades, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet's Market, Women's Studies and Chicago Quarterly Review. Her biography on Charmian London, Jack London's wife will be published by University of Oklahoma Press in 2020. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is the Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.
ABOUT ANGELA PNEUMAN
Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the collection of short stories Home Remedies (Harcourt Houghton Mifflin). Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Los Angeles Review, Salon, The Believer, The Rumpus, and other literary magazines. She teaches creative writing in the Continuing Studies program at Stanford, where she was a Stegner Fellow; she also serves as executive director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference and is at work on another novel.
Charmian Kittredge London (1871-1955) was the epitome of a modern woman. Free-spirited and adventurous, she defied modern expectations of femininity. Today she is best known as the wife of the famous American author Jack London, yet she was a literary trailblazer in her own right.