It's now December, meaning that there is a new book display in the California History Section. This month's theme is Putting Pen to Paper, featuring the works of California authors. Many well-known names associated with our state are represented, among them Jack London, John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, Bret Harte, William Saroyan, and Sacramento's own Joan Didion. Of course, we cannot forget that Mark Twain lived in California for a time. Later, more controversial writers are also displayed, such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. These works have been selected for your reading pleasure and are located in the shelves next to the lockers in the California History Room on the second floor at 900 N Street.
In the rotunda gallery just outside the History Room the California Calls You exhibit (with a few items from an upcoming sports display thrown in) is still drawing positive comments from library patrons, who marvel at these masterpieces of graphic design and promotion. And in the downstairs lobby the Culinary California exhibit has been held over for another month, appropriate for this season of sumptuous repast, and now surrounded by holiday decorations.
Shown here are photographs of Jack London and Bret Harte from the State Library's collection.