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The Call of the Wild

What do these three tremendous actors have in common? They’ve all read excerpts of Big Read books, featured below. To hear the entire audio guides to these respective novels ---The Grapes of Wrath, The Death of Ivan Ilyich , and The Call of the Wild ---head over to The Big Read website . Start May...
The Call of the Wild , used courtesy of Aladdin Classics It finally feels like winter, and so naturally we turn to Jack London's tale of adventure, The Call of the Wild . In the book, there are two sets of characters, one human, the other canine. Buck, the protagonist, is a dog who is kidnapped,...
Santa Clara, California An exhibit on The Call of the Wild and Santa Clara's Big Read on display at the Santa Clara City Hall during March. Photo by Mary Hanel, Santa Clara City Library Imagining the opening scenes of The Call of the Wild is a bit easier for the community of Santa Clara than for...
Irving, Texas Teens at the Lively Recreation Center create their own greeting cards inspired by The Call of the Wild book covers, scenes from the book, or the Alaskan setting for the Wild Card: Design-a-Card Contest. Photo courtesy of Irving Public Library One of the most important aspects of The...
Delta County, Colorado ?Hike and Howl? was one of several Delta County Big Read events with an outdoor focus. Photo by Katherine Colwell With the Black County National Park, three state parks, and plenty of opportunities for hunting and fishing, Delta County, Colorado, is an outdoorsman?s dream...
California?s El Dorado County may have spent this spring reading The Call of the Wild as opposed to The Maltese Falcon but they still managed to embed a little mystery into their Big Read events through readings by local author, Todd Borg. Borg?s mystery series features private eye Owen McKenna, a...
Washington, DC Portrait photograph of Jack London by Arnold Genthe, taken between 1906-1916. Courtesy Library of Congress collection . Back in the late 1840s, the town of Placerville, California, grew into existence when gold deposits were found in its river beds and hills. Today, the residents of...
Washington, DC Portrait of Jack London (date unknown) from George Grantham Baine Collection at Library of Congress Founder and owner of Patagonia Clothing Company, Yvon Chouinard is a tireless adventurer, philanthropist, supporter of environmental causes, and author of the 2005 memoir, Let My...
July 20, 2009 Washington, DC The three-peat Big Readers at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana, most recently hosted a celebration of Jack London's The Call of the Wild . The library's project comprised five libraries, including one in Illinois, and 21 schools ranging from...
October 16, 2008 Washington, DC I was heading to the flea market with my stepfather this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he mentioned that Charlotte once upon a time was a gold boomtown and -- until the Civil War -- home to a federal mint that's now an art museum. A quick Google search...

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