Category Archives: Books & Print Culture

Joanne Kyger (1934-2017)

Yesterday we were shocked and saddened to receive news of the death of City Lights author and legendary Beat Generation/San Francisco Renaissance poet Joanne Kyger. Joanne’s death leaves a massive void in American poetry generally and in the Bay Area … Continue reading

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Henry A. Giroux’s Critical Reads & Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Authoritarianism

By Henry A. Giroux via Seminary Co-Op Bookstore It’s time to think dangerously again. In part, this means learning how to hold power accountable, search for the truth, embrace thoughtfulness, and recognize that no society ever reaches the limits of … Continue reading

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City Lights Resistance Reading List

Created in the wake of the November election, our newest bookstore section, “Pedagogies of Resistance,” is designed to act as an educational course in revolutionary competence. These texts build upon one another to highlight the motivations, ideas, successes, and failures … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: David Meltzer (1937-2016)

[David Meltzer, left, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti; photo by Garrett Caples] As if 2016 needed to perpetrate one final outrage on our society, poet, musician, novelist, editor, anthologist, and all-around polymath David Meltzer died early in the morning on December 31, … Continue reading

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5 Questions with Jim Nisbet, Author of The Syracuse Codex

We’re pleased to welcome back Jim Nisbet to City Lights, this time to celebrate the release of his latest book in paperback, The Syracuse Codex, published by Overlook Press. He answered our 5 questions! More about Jim, and his answers, … Continue reading

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Wichita Vortex Interview: Outtakes from My Conversation with Michael McClure

  On Tuesday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA, I’ll have the pleasure of reading from my new book, Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016), alongside legendary poet Michael McClure, who is celebrating the release of … Continue reading

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5 Questions with John Freeman, Editor of Freeman’s: Family

We very glad to welcome back John Freeman to City Lights this week! He’ll be celebrating, along with Garnette Cadogan, the new issue of his anthology of new writing, Freeman’s, published by Grove Press. This second issue, Family, features never-before-published stories, … Continue reading

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Planet News, 11/18/16

“Cohen looked unflinchingly and with monkish intensity at his own excesses and weakness, and at ours, and saw them, tragic and beautiful, as our only strengths. ‘There is a crack in everything,’ he sang in 1992’s ‘Anthem,’ ‘that’s how the light gets … Continue reading

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5 Questions with David Sax, Author of The Revenge of Analog

On Tuesday November 15, at 7pm, we’re thrilled to host journalist David Sax at City Lights! He will be discussing his new book, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter from Public Affairs Books. David answered our … Continue reading

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5 Questions with Alexander Maksik, Author of Shelter in Place

On Wednesday October 5th, 2016 at City Lights, we were thrilled to welcome Alexander Maksik and join him in celebrating his new book, Shelter in Place from Europa Editions. Alexander answered our five questions. More about him, and his answers, … Continue reading

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