Sonoma County has a long and rich literary tradition, from Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in the early statehood days, through Anna Morrison Reed, Jack London and M.F.K. Fisher, to the current day. Our Local Authors project presents a catalog of many -- but not all (yet!) -- of these writers. All the writers we present have lived in Sonoma County at some point in their life and for the majority of writers, Sonoma County Library owns at least one of their works (we also profile selected works in a related collections, Sonoma County Presses and Publishers.
Maya Angelou was an American poet and award-winning memoirist known for the acclaimed poetry collection I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years.
American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life" He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf. London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction expose, The People of the Abyss.
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