***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT***

Van Morrison himself sought out City Lights to publish the U.S. edition of his selected lyrics!

Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics is coming this October

NEW ON THE CITY LIGHTS BLOG

5 Questions with Haiti Glass author Lenelle Moïse

NEW ON THE CITY LIGHTS PODCAST

Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett discuss and read from their new novel The Silent History

EVENTS THIS WEEK AT CITY LIGHTS BOOKS

Tues, 9 / 16: Book Party for Haiti Glass by Lenelle Moïse

Wed, 9 / 17: Laila Lalami reads from The Moor's Account

Thurs, 9 / 18: An evening with Scholastique Mukasonga

 

Welcome to City Lights Books of San Francisco

City Lights is a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.

Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, City Lights is one of the truly great independent bookstores in the United States, a place where booklovers from across the country and around the world come to browse, read, and just soak in the ambiance of alternative culture's only "Literary Landmark."... Read more>>

 

New at City Lights Bookstore


 

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
A Novel
Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.

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The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Stephen Sartarelli
"Pasolini is known as a filmmaker and political rebel, and for his tragic death, yet he was first and most importantly a poet. Sartarelli's brilliant translations have at last made his searingly beautiful poetry available to English-language readers." John Ashbery

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Distant Neighbors
The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder
Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Chad Wriglesworth
Limited # of signed copies available! Berry and Snyder exchanged more than 240 letters from 1973 to 2013, bringing out the best in each other as they grappled with faith and reason, discussed home and family, worried over the disintegration of community and commonwealth, and shared the details of the lives they'd chosen with their families.

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The Faraway Nearby
Rebecca Solnit
In this exquisitely written new book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories—of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland...

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No Place to Hide
Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Glenn Greenwald
In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Redeployment
Phil Klay
Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival...

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Retrievals
Garrett Caples
Retrievals is a collection of criticism about underrecognized poets, unfairly discredited critics, artists obscured by more famous relations—basically, writers and artists that have fallen off the cultural map or never quite made it there in the first place. These essays, collected for the first time, span 10 years of Garrett Caples' writing...

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Language Arts
Cedar Sigo
Language Arts, like Cedar Sigo, is playfully spontaneous. Sigo uses poetry as a way to record his own adventures as a reader, traveler, lover, poet, friend, and he welcomes the reader to share the experience. The pleasure he gets in writing these poems is infectious, and the resulting collection is absorbing for its movement...

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The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin
The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher
Kim Bancroft
Northern California's book publishers are idiosyncratic, uncompromising, funky, forward-thinking, often brilliant, but largely unheralded beyond the state’s borders. Here’s the perfect book to shift that paradigm. Malcolm Margolin’s story of creating and sustaining Heyday Books, a vital Berkeley-based press celebrating its 40th anniversary...

   

New and Forthcoming from City Lights Publishers

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Lit Up Inside
Selected Lyrics
Van Morrison
Coming soon! Van Morrison selects his best and most iconic lyrics, spanning 50 years of writing and representing his entire creative journey.

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Lunch Poems
50th Anniversary Edition
Frank O'Hara
Just arrived! 50th anniversary hardcover gift edition of the groundbreaking poetry collection by the leader of the "New York School" of poetry.

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee
Out now from City Lights/Sister Spit: Far from a transgender transition tell-all, here is a personal yet universal story of charting one's course to ultimate self-recognition. Thomas Page McBee's writings on gender have appeared in the New York Times, Vice, and Salon, and he writes the "Self-Made Man" column for The Rumpus

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux
"Giroux refuses to give in or give up. The Violence of Organized Forgetting is a clarion call to imagine a different America—just, fair, and caring—and then to struggle for it."—Bill Moyers

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Border Patrol Nation
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
Todd Miller
Now Available! Fast-paced frontline reporting and analysis on the militaristic spread of the U.S. Border Patrol. "What Jeremy Scahill was to Blackwater, Todd Miller is to the U.S. Border Patrol!"--Tom Miller, author, On the Border

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A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado
Hot off the press! In contemporary Havana, "Do I stay or do I go?" is always the question, and love doesn't necessarily conquer all.

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Thousand Times Broken
Three Books
Henri Michaux
Hot off the press! Three never-before-translated-into-English works from the great visionary French artist & writer Henri Michaux during the period of his mescaline experimentation, with drawings by the author and surrealist painter Roberto Matta. Translated from the French by noted poet Gillian Conoley.

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Tender Buttons
The Corrected Centennial Edition
Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow
We present a centennial edition of the modernist classic featuring over 100 corrections by Stein herself. The Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions has designated it an MLA Approved Edition. Congrats to editor Seth Perlow!

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Woman with Guitar
Memphis Minnie's Blues
Paul Garon, Beth Garon
A revised, expanded edition of the quintessential portrait of one of the blues' greatest artists and the popular poetry of her lyrics.

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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse
With rhythmic poetry and intimate prose, Haiti Glass offers an unflinching look at disaster, desire, and death-defying love.