Tag Archives: Banned Books

Remembering Al Bendich, the Lawyer that won the “Howl” Trial

On June 3rd, 1957, an undercover customs officer entered City Lights Bookstore and purchased a copy of Howl and Other Poems (1956) by Allen Ginsberg. He promptly arrested Shig Murao, the store’s manager. And later Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the publisher of … Continue reading

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Banned Book! Gloria Frym reading The Blind Owl

Gloria Frym is the author of two short story collections — Distance No Object (City Lights Books) and How I Learned (Coffee House Press) — as well as several volumes of poetry, and a book of interviews, Second Stories: Conversations with Women Artists (Chronicle Books). In 2002, … Continue reading

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Dumped Books: The Indiscriminate Mass Weeding of the San Francisco Public Library

Related to banning and censorship, and a dark moment in San Francisco history, is the infamous weeding (dumping) of over 200,000 books from the San Francisco Public Library’s collection in the late 80s and early 90’s. Nicholson Baker chronicled the … Continue reading

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