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Bus Tour: JOHN FANTE'S DREAMS FROM BUNKER HILL

Bus Tour: JOHN FANTE'S DREAMS FROM BUNKER HILL
11am - 2:30pm
$58.00 fee - reservations needed.
To reserve and buy tickets or for more info: Call 323-223-2767 or
visit Esotouric.com (http://www.esotouric.com/fante)

Before Kerouac, before Bukowski, there was John Fante, author of "Ask the Dust," "Dreams of Bunker Hill," "Full of Life," "The Road to Los Angeles" and "Wait Until Spring, Bandini."

As Bunker Hill's prodigal son, Fante-as-Bandini chronicles a forgotten Los Angeles neighborhood teeming with immigrants, criminals and dreamers like himself. With genuine compassion and wonderful craft, he sketches the hopes and dreams which fly round their heads, and in the process finds his own voice, a revelation which carries him all the way to Hollywood.
Bunker Hill is gone now, flattened, its mansions torn down, long since redeveloped by corporate and civic interests. But in today's downtown communities the same stories play out, in thriving micro-climates where artists and writers find their voices, where some are making it big and others breaking up on the reef, some moving away and others coming back in search of what they have lost.

Join Esotouric tours as they follow in Fante's footsteps, to the Goodwill store, King Eddy's, Clifton's Cafeteria ("pay what you can"), the Los Angeles Library's Reading Room and the Post Office Terminal Annex (important landmarks for Bukowski and Fante), and other evocative scenes of old L.A.

This tour is a meditation not only on John Fante, but the preservation of Public Space.
Fante's daughter Vickie Fante will be join the tour as well as Fante biographer Stephen Cooper who will sign his book at Skylight Books at the end of the tour.

Please Note: This tour will have several sections which involve walking through parts of Downtown for up to ten minutes at a time. There is one hill-we will walk down the stairs alongside Angels Flight from the top of California Plaza, and the pace of all our strolls will be ambling. Walking shoes and sunscreen are advised.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Skylight Books
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