Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D., a professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has written books, scholarly essays and newspaper articles on Jack and Charmian London. After spending a sabbatical year at Sonoma State University as the Jack London Scholar in Residence, she fell in love with Sonoma County and retired to Oakmont in 2011. As a certified California Naturalist, she serves as a steward at both Bouverie and Pepperwood Preserves and as a docent at the Jack London State Historic Park where for the past three years she has co-led a book discussion group. Nuernberg has recently co-authored the first full-length biography of Charmian Kittredge London (due out in 2018).
Susan’s illustrated talk about Charmian will go behind the headlines to understand the story of her life from her perspective – as recorded in her diaries, travels logs, photographs and correspondence. The highlights of the story move from her origins and upbringing to her marriage to Jack and their honeymoon in Cuba and Jamaica; from her adventures at sea to the loss of her only child; from her collaboration with Jack to the publishing of her own works; from the burning of the Wolf House to the death of Jack at age forty. Charmian was a free-spirited and modern woman who smiled into the ruins of her life and whose voice transcends generations and inspires women writers today.
Tuesday, March 14, 11:30 am
General Meeting & Luncheon
Spring in Sonoma County
Photography by Nancy MacDonald
Katharine Gregory & Sue Rodrigues
Time: 12:00 noon / check-in beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Place: Oakmont Quail Inn, 7025 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409