Charles Bukowski Matters

If you’re curious about Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles and can’t get on our tour bus, here are some suggestions.

• Pick up our pocket guide Haunts and Havens of Charles Bukowski in paperback or ebook.Haunts and Havens of Charles Bukowski cover art


• Read his books. Just getting started? We recommend the novels Post Office and Women and the poetry collection The Pleasures of the Damned.

• Tune in to You Can’t Eat The Sunshine podcast Episode #67, featuring poet Joan Jobe Smith talking about her mentor Bukowski. Also available, her spicy memoir Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl.

• Take Tony Millionaire’s Bukbird character into your heart, as a T-shirt, poster or convenient pocket flask.

• Celebrate Bukowski’s life and work by watching 20 Years After: Charles Bukowski Memorial filmed at the King Eddy Saloon, featuring readings from five notable L.A. poets and Bukowski friends: Dan Fante, S.A. Griffin, Suzanne Lummis, Joan Jobe Smith and Fred Voss. Plus: King Eddy speakeasy tour video.

• Learn about our petition to get Bukowski honored with a US postal stamp.

• Thrill to the contentious campaign to preserve his DeLongpre Avenue bungalow.

• Take a virtual Esotouric bus adventure by viewing photos from a past tour.