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Selections from The Beats Abroad by Bill Morgan

The Beats Abroad: A Global Guide to the Beat Generation presents the fourth installment in Bill Morgan’s Beat Guidebooks, this time chronicling the travels of America’s greatest countercultures’ many international visits. While the Beat Generation claims its roots in New … Continue reading

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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career, the Letters of Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Allen Ginsberg

A telegram reading, “I greet you at the beginning of a great career. When do I get the manuscript of Howl?”  began the 42-year correspondence between Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg soon after the famed reading at the Six Gallery, … Continue reading

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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 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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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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City Lights Celebrates Peter Orlovsky

Wednesday night at City Lights we have the honor of welcoming a trio of Beat Generation poets & scholars back into our midst: Bill Morgan, Joanne Kyger, and Michael McClure. The event is in celebration of the new book and … Continue reading

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City Lights Bookstore Monthly Bestsellers List

Don’t know what to read? We always have a recommendation or two for you. And so do our customers. Here’s the top ten list of books people have been compelled to pick up from us this month. You may find … Continue reading

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