Raymond Chandler Bus Tour

Let someone else do the driving during Carmageddon! This coming weekend, SoCal MWA and OC SinC are co-sponsoring a very special edition of the famous Esotouric Raymond Chandler bus tour that includes live readings of his work in some of the locations where his fiction was set, behind the scenes gossip, true crime tidbits, rare photos and video clips. Here’s the tour description from their website:

Bungalows. Crime. Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death.

This was Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, which resonated under deft and melancholy fits from his writer’s bow.

Join us as we go down the mean streets that shaped his fiction, and that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times, in a four hour tour of downtown, Hollywood and surrounding environs: The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Musso & Frank, the Hotel Van Nuys, Paramount Studio’s gates, and much, much more, including a Chandler-themed gelato stop at East Hollywood cult favorite Scoops.

Through published work, private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, we trace Chandler’s search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe’s struggle to not be pigeonholed or give anything less than all he has, which lead them both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.

Don’t believe me, you can check out my photos of this unique tour here.

The deets:

When: Sunday, July 17
What time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where:  Clifton’s Cafeteria, 648 Broadway, Downtown L.A. 90014 (Right near the Pershing Square Metro stop!)
Cost:  $40 per person (OCSinC & MWA members and guests) $75 for non-members

A snack stop is included

Meet at Clifton’s Cafeteria at 11:30 a.m. to board the bus. (Or come earlier if you’d like to have lunch before the tour.)  Bus leaves promptly at noon.  A tour guide will tell the tales and immerse you in Chandler’s Los Angeles.

Seating is limited!
Reserve your seat by check or pay online at www.socalmwa.com

Every rider will get a discount good for $18 off an upcoming Esotouric
tour of their choice…
and the Birth of Noir (James Cain tour) is coming up in September!
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