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Jack London Short Story Read-Aloud

One of Jack London’s lesser –known short stories, “Told In The Drooling Ward” was first published in 1914 in the literary periodical “The Bookman”. The story, set in a state facility for the mentally disabled, is told in the voice of a young man who lives there:“My name’s Tom. I’m twenty-eight years old. Everybody knows me in the institution. This is an institution, you know. It belongs to the State of California and is run by politics.”

Heart-felt and perceptive, “Told in The Drooling Ward” is a fascinating snap-shot of institutional care a century ago, and is of particular interest today, since the story is based on Jack’s observations of the Sonoma State Home, now known as Sonoma Developmental Center. The institution shared a border with Jack’s Beauty Ranch during his lifetime, and shares the same border with Jack London State Park today. Its transitional status makes the Developmental Center a subject of great interest at the moment, and London’s tale, short on political correctness but long on insight, dated yet highly relevant, heartbreaking and darkly funny at the same time, is both educational and entertaining, in true Jack London fashion.

Enjoy an intimate afternoon as we listen to “Told In The Drooling Ward” read-aloud by Jeff Falconer, outdoors under the oaks. Refreshments will be served during the break.

When: Sunday, June 10th 2:00-4:00pm

Free admission: Please make reservations to insure seating.

Where: Picnic area above the ranch parking lot

Parking fee applies


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