The LAVA Literary Salon: A Charles Bukowski Evening

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been canceled. 


Charles Bukowski is internationally recognized as an iconic Los Angeles poet and novelist, a voice of the underclass and of the gentleness hiding beneath a prickly exterior.

You are cordially invited to celebrate all the sides of Charles Bukowski at a LAVA Literary Salon, on the evening of Saturday, October 26.

Your ticket entitles you to entry to the event, which includes a buffet dinner featuring mid-century gourmet fare and the presentations. There will be a cash bar featuring drink specials as well as a complementary glass from Charles Smith Wines. 

  • Dan Fante: the author most recently of Point Doom will talk about Bukowski’s relationship with his father, the great L.A. novelist John Fante.
  • Suzanne Lummis: the noted Los Angeles poet will share her memories of Bukowski, and discuss his seminal role in the development of the Los Angeles poetry scene.
  • Melanie Villines: the editor of Bukowski: An Anthology of Poetry & Prose About Charles Bukowski (Silver Birch Press, 2013), will discuss this project and Bukowski’s continued literary influence, two decades after his death.
  • Thomas Hyry: the Director of UCLA Library Special Collections will share material from the John Fante Papers that illuminate Bukowski’s relationship with the older writer he called “my God.”

Drink specials will be available in the newly renovated Invention bar, and parking will be validated for a flat rate of $4.50 in the LAAC lot. Also, Salon guests will enjoy a complentary glass courtesy of Charles Smith Wines. Sample Eve Chardonnay, Kung Fu Girl Riesling or Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon. About Charles Smith Wines: A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and a pioneer in the wine world. In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. In 2009 Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year” and in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognized Charles as their “Winemaker of the Year.”

The Bukbird illustration drawn by Tony Millionaire. Limited edition fine art prints by plasticmuse are available.

Esotouric offers a quarterly bus tour of Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles. Recommended reading for the Salon or tour.


The LAVA Literary Salon is a place for lovers of great Los Angeles writers to come together in historic spaces for good company, fine food and fascinating discussions by experts in the field. Join us in the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club, where Raymond Chandler, then a young oil executive, played bridge and eavesdropped on the powerful men who would shape the city and his detective fiction, as we honor the writers who gave this young city its abiding personality. 

Past Salons have celebrated the life and work of John Fante, Raymond Chandler, Jim TullyF. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker, Dashiell Hammett and the booksellers Jake Zeitlin, Stanley Rose, Louis Epstein (Pickwick Books) and Ernest Dawson (Dawson’s Bookshop).