Happy birthday Jack London!

The Jack London Foundation will celebrate the 140th birthday of Sonoma County author and rancher Jack London at a birthday banquet on Saturday, Jan. 16.

This annual celebration, now in its 46th year, will be held at Ramekins Culinary School and Inn and feature a buffet dinner showcasing the Ramekins chefs.

The Foundation has announced that its Person of the Year is Jay Williams, senior managing editor of Critical Inquiry, a University of Chicago Press humanities journal, and editor of the Jack London Journal. He is also the editor of Signature Derrida and Author under Sail: The Imagination of Jack London. He has written numerous essays on Jack London, the Grateful Dead, the theory of the footnote and Sinclair Lewis. In addition, he is a country music DJ and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Jack London, due to be published in 2016.

The guest speaker for the evening will be local businessman and philanthropist Darius Anderson (owner of Sonoma Media Investments, publisher of the Index-Tribune). Anderson is on the board of the Jack London Foundation and very involved with Jack London State Historic Park.

The evening’s program includes a reading by the Foundation’s writing contest winner, Sandra Moore of South Pasadena High School, and an update on the world of Jack London.

For more information, please contact the Foundation at 996-2888 or

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