Author Archives: Katherine Duckworth

New from City Lights Publishers: The Penguin’s Song by Hassan Daoud

First published sixteen years ago in Lebanon, City Lights’ newest publication of translated literature is author Hassan Daoud’s novel The Penguin’s Song, here translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth. This Daoud’s fifth book to appear in English. Daoud grew up … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Ry Cooder’s Los Angeles Stories

Ry Cooder might be most known for his work as a musician, and a rather prolific one at that. He was a session guitarist on two legendary Rolling Stones albums Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers. The slide guitar on “Sister Morphine”? – … Continue reading

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Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras

On Monday, October 20th Beat poet Michael McClure celebrated his 82nd birthday. Happy Birthday and thank you for a truly expansive body of work! In the first edition of Ghost Tantras, published in 1964, Michael McClure introduces the collection with … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: Howl on Trial, edited by Bill Morgan & Nancy J. Peters

In solidarity with our friends in the book community during Banned Books Week; the librarians, authors, journalists, bookstores, publishers, teachers, and most importantly – readers, the City Lights crew would like to share the infamous history of Howl on Trial: … Continue reading

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The Scale of Maps by Belén Gopegui

Madrid based author Belén Gopegui‘s first novel The Scale of Maps was released in translation by City Lights in 2011 and has since been compared to the likes of Cervantes, Nabokov, and Borges. Recently a new wonderful review written by John … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Kaddish and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

In Boulder, Colorado sits a small liberal arts college called Naropa University. Founded in 1974, it was the first Buddhist-inspired institution to receive United States regional accreditation. That same year, Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman founded the Jack Kerouac School … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: The Historic Unfulfilled Promise by Howard Zinn

As school children, Labor Day was just another holiday conveniently placed at the beginning of the school year, a day of rest to reflect on elementary woes, and yet still warm enough to pretend that Summer hadn’t quite left. Perhaps … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Freedom by Angela Davis

Born in Birmingham, Alabama (referred to as the Johannesburg of the South) in 1944, Angela Davis experienced life on the front lines of the American Civil Rights Movement. A one-time member of the Communist Party and associated with the Black … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg on Henri Michaux

In September of 1967 the first and only issue of Interim Pad was released by City Lights and sold for just a dollar. The journal was a collection of essays and poems edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and printed on yellow … Continue reading

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