Saturday, August 11, 2007

Only In L.A., Charles Bukowski Week


I was flipping through a very local paper and saw that on August 15th, there is a meeting to discuss Charles Bukowski's novel post office: A Novelheld by the "Nobody Reads in L.A." book club. Gotta love the name! I'm not a big Bukowski fan, but in light of the name, great book to choose, the cult classic about a boozy gambler who stumbles through his job at the downtown L.A. post office.

The Nobody Reads in L.A. site says: "Nobody Reads In LA is a loose-knit group of individuals striving to create a stronger cultural, literary and historical sense of downtown Los Angeles." Looks like they will be discussing several other downtown L.A. classics, including James M. Cain's Mildred Pierce, Reyner Banham's The Architecture of Four Ecologies, and Nathanael West's Day of the Locust.

If anyone's in town, the meeting is at 7pm at Charlie O's Bar in the Alexandria Hotel at 501 South Spring Street.

I found that the organizers include a whole group dedicated to honoring Bukowski during his birthday week, August 15-19. They're at www.bukday.com

6 comments:

John Mutford said...

Think they'd send a guy from northern Canada? I'd love to go to that. Alas.

Gentle Reader said...

john--maybe next year!

stefanie said...

My sister lives in LA. I'll have to tell her about the group. She isn't much of a group joiner, but maybe she can be tempted.

Heather said...

Heh, nice. I should look around at some point and see if there's a book club here.

Or maybe not. So busy already. :(

Gentle Reader said...

stefanie--I don't know how active the group is, but I just loved the name!

heather--I feel really lucky that I belong to my book group. But it's a really small group of women and we were friends before we formed a book group, so it's easy for me to make it a priority. Besides, there's always wine and chocolate there...

Matt said...

So common and yet pricking is the title. i might have to check that out. I've never read him.