Jack London State Historic Park docent Jeff Falconer will read aloud from “The Water Baby,” London’s philosophic tale set in Hawaii, written by the author late in life and published in 1918. The reading on Saturday, Feb. 18, will be followed by a discussion of the book.

The prolific London wrote hundreds of short stories, most culled from his own wide-ranging experiences and travels. “The Water Baby” explores one of the creation myths of the islands, contrasting them with the Biblical myths that the missionaries had brought to Hawaii.

London wrote stories inspired by his experiences at sea, the challenges of the Klondike, his world travels, and from the fields and factories of California.

The reading and discussion will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served at the break. Admission is limited to 20, so pre-reservation is recommended either online at jacklondonpark.com/jl-short-story.html or by calling 938-5216.

The event is free; parking at the park is $10.