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Hurry, So Cal residents, before it’s sold out — Esotouric’s “Haunt’s of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles,” Saturday, July 13th from noon – 4p.m. The four-hour tour focuses on Bukowski’s great passions: writing, women, and Los Angeles — and visits the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for Post Office, the De Longpre apartment where he experimented with marriage and fatherhood, one of his favorite bars and liquor stores, and many other spots. Along the way, host Richard Schave and guests will explore the people and ideas that made up the warp and weft of Buk’s rich inner life. Price: $58. For reservations, visit

Photo: Charles Bukowski standing in front of his Mercury Comet and his apartment on Carlton Way in Los Angeles, 1970s, by Tina Ewing, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA (Los Angeles Visionaries Association) hosts a Salon in downtown Los Angeles that features formal presentations on cultural and literary topics. On Sunday, June 30th, the Salon will explore Jazz Age Los Angeles with two presentations.

PRESENTATION #1: Martin Turnbull on The Garden of Allah


Martin Turnbull, author of The Garden Of Allah novels will discuss life at the Garden of Allah hotel, including its infamous bungalow courtyard — and the bootleg liquor, fizzy flappers, all-night parties that defined the Jazz Age in Los Angeles. When F. Scott Fitzgerald arrived in  L.A. during the mid-1930s with his $1000/week contract at MGM, he settled in at the Garden of Allah. It was also the home-away-from-home for Algonquin Round Table refugees Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, Alexander Woollcott, and Donald Ogden Stewart. Martin will punctuate his talk with readings from his first novel in the Garden of Allah series, The Garden On Sunset.

PRESENTATION #2: Marc Chevalier on the Crescent Heights Shopping Center & the Ballyhoo Spirit of the Jazz Age


Marc Chevailer, historian of the Oviatt Building in Los Angeles, will focus on the Crescent Heights Shopping Center, across the street from the Garden of Allah. Built in 1925, this towered, marble-trimmed and mansard-roofed Norman chateau housed Schwab’s Pharmacy and the Crescent Heights Market. It was where Hollywood’s movielanders shopped, schmoozed, strove, and scrounged for generations. While nothing remains of “the chateau that housed Schwab’s,” Marc will describe its halcyon era.

WHERE: Les Noces du Figaro, 618 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90014. (213) 915-8687

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 2013, noon-2 p.m.

PRICE: Free!


Silver Birch Press is honored to celebrate the release of PHOENIX, a memoir by Phillipa Mayall, with a reading and book signing by the author at Los Angeles’s acclaimed Skylight Books on June 30, 2013. We invite our Southern California readers (and authors!) to join Silver Birch Press and Philippa Mayall for this event. 


WHERE: Skylight Books

LOCATION: 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90027


PHONE: 323-660-1175

EVENT INFORMATION: Philippa Mayall Reading

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 2013

TIME: 5 p.m.


Residents of Southern California, if you’re looking for something très cool to do on what the weather forecasters predict will be a triple-digit Saturday, June 29, make your way west, to Venice, and check out DADA IN LALA LAND — described as “a highly eclectic, disruptive performance event hell-bent on blowing minds.” Featured performers will include Joanie Hieger Fritz Zosiske, whose poetry is featured in the just-released Silver Birch Press SUMMER ANTHOLOGY (available at


WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2013, 4-6 p.m. (doors open at 3:45 p.m.)

WHERE: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, California, 90291, 310-822-3006

PRICE: $10 ($5 for seniors and students)

WHAT TO WEAR: Costumes recommended


To find out more about Dadaism, check out this link.


Silver Birch Press is honored to celebrate the release of PHOENIX, a memoir by Phillipa Mayall, with a reading and book signing by the author at Los Angeles’s acclaimed Skylight Books on June 30, 2013. We invite our Southern California readers (and authors!) to join Silver Birch Press and Philippa Mayall for this event. 


WHERE: Skylight Books

LOCATION: 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90027


PHONE: 323-660-1175

EVENT INFORMATION: Philippa Mayall Reading

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 2013

TIME: 5 p.m.

AUTOGRAPHED COPIES: If you’d like to order an autographed copy of PHOENIX by Philippa Mayall, please send an email to and we’ll reserve a book for you at Skylight.


Silver Birch Press authors Joan Jobe Smith and Fred Voss — whose book Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis will be available later this month — will appear on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Long Beach Poetry Festival.  For more information on this free event — which takes place in Long Beach, California, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. — visit the official site.


Silver Birch Press author Joan Jobe Smith will perform at a celeb-filled Bukowski tribute in downtown Los Angeles sponsored by Tongue & Groove on June 30, 2012.  Readers will also include Dan Fante, Harry Dean Stanton, and Rebecca DeMornay. Best of all…it’s FREE. For location, time, and other details, visit:

Artwork: Origafoundation