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People of the Abyss-Then and Now

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 6 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 "People of the Abyss", elucidated with London's own photographs of the poverty of the East End. 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 are today's homeless and what Sonoma Overnight Support is doing to help.

All historic images are shown courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

  • When: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 2:00-4:00
  • Where: Meet in the House of Happy Walls museum
  • Admission: $15 per person (parking extra)


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General Admission $15 - People of the Abyss -Saturday, 2/23/19 2:00-4:00 (parking extra)
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