“People of the Abyss, then and now”
Saturday February 23rd 2019 -
2-4 p.m. –
One of Jack London’s strengths as a writer was his ability to “bear witness” to the world around him, be it in the wilds of the Klondike Territory or with the forsaken he found on the streets of the East End of London, and later retell those human stories in his books. He spent six weeks living in the squalor that so many Londoners called home at the turn of the 20th century. One of his most powerful books, The People of the Abyss, published in 1903, focuses on what it was like to go from being seen as a well-to-do gentlemen to becoming one of the poor living in the abyss.
In a similar sense, today we still see people struggling on the streets, dejected, seeing no escape from their abyss. Join Jeff Falconer as he reads out loud passages from The People of the Abyss elucidated with London’s own photographs. Are there any similarities with the stories of the homeless told today? Find out, as Kathy King, director of the Sonoma Overnight Support, discusses who today’s homeless are and what Sonoma Overnight Support is doing to help. Meet in the House of Happy Walls Museum. Cost is $15 per person (parking extra). To sign up, go to jacklondonpark.com/then-now.html.