Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Do It. A Birthday Tribute to Charles Bukowski at Skylight Books.

Admittedly, I've never read much of Charles Bukowski's longer works and novels, but I am a huge fan of his poetry. His simple, blunt and honest observations about life were easy to understand and feel akin to, especially with him having been a proud L.A. resident often inspired by his surroundings. His musings on the city and its dwellers have proved to be one of the most memorable and influential, so much so that it can be hard to imagine L.A.'s identity with Bukowski.

Los Feliz's Skylight Books is a regular supporter of local writers, and so it would only make sense that they are set to celebrate of the greatest. This Saturday marks what would have been Bukowski's 90th birthday (he died in 1994), and Skylight will honor the author with a day of readings, screenings, giveaways and "of course drink." Bukowski undoubtedly lived a colorful life, so the stories to come out of this celebration are sure to be intriguing.

A Birthday Tribute to Charles Bukowski begins at 8pm on Saturday at Skylight Books, located at 1818 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz. And if you're curious about his poetry, I'd recommend picking up at Skylight the awesomely titled posthumous collections What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire and Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way.

-- Chau Tu

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