Answer the call of this year's Big Read celebration! Read Jack London's The Call of the Wild and join your fellow readers at more than 50 events and exhibits throughout April.
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The hero of Jack London's The Call of the Wild (1903) is Buck, a St. Bernard/Scotch Shepherd dog. Late one night in 1897, a poor farm worker steals Buck from his comfortable northern California home and sells him as a sled dog. Set mostly during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98 in Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska, the novel chronicles Buck's struggles and successes as he learns "the law of club and fang." — NEA The Call of the Wild Reader's Guide
Jack London, 1876-1916, was an American author and journalist whose writing was inspired by his own experiences with childhood poverty and his adventures as an oyster pirate, seal hunter, hobo and Alaskan gold prospector. London wrote more than 50 fiction and nonfiction books, hundreds of short stories and numerous articles, many of which have been translated into over 70 languages. Among London's best-known works are The Sea Wolf, White Fang, and this year's Big Read selection, The Call of the Wild.