Self-proclaimed “dirty old man” Charles Bukowksi would have been 94 today, and Ecco Books hosts this free celebration at Williamsburg’s Post Office bar in his honor. They’ll distribute, aptly enough, free copies of his novel Post Office to anyone who takes part in this public reading. In addition, come to hear excerpts from Ham on Rye and Women, for what’s sure to be a colorful listening experience: Bukowski drew upon a childhood marred by abuse and bullying, and an adulthood of dead-end, low-wage jobs, alcoholism, and failed relationships. The three novels chronicle the journey of his alter ego, Henry Chinaski, through drinking, working as a mail carrier, and ultimately transforming into a literary sensation. Come for a dose of the ultimate high-brow/low-brow blend—exquisite writing about being down and out.
Sat., Aug. 16, 2:30 p.m., 2014