Watch out for the “man with the ginger beard.” That lesson – and a few others – will be the topic of the day Aug. 12 at a “read aloud” event at Jack London State Historic Park, when park docent Doc Stull will read the renowned author’s short story, “War.”

Park officials describe the piece as “a gripping short story of man vs. nature, man vs. man, set in an unspecified land during an unspecified conflict, written in 1911.” It’s one of hundreds of short stories London wrote, culled from his own experiences at sea, traversing the Klondike, working the factories of California and other world travels. Reading them aloud, parks officials say in a press release, “brings each story to life and inspires lively audience discussions.”

The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the House of Happy Walls museum, 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen. Admission is free; parking is $10. Limited to 30 participants; reserve online at or call 938-5216.