City Lights Publications
In addition to our world-renowned bookstore, City Lights is a publishing company, offering 12-20 new titles each year and an extensive backlist of quality fiction and nonfiction titles. Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1955, with nearly 200 books in print, City Lights publishes cutting-edge fiction, poetry, memoirs, literary translations and books on vital social and political issues. Here you'll find a selection of our most recent books and some we'd like to feature, and also a complete listing of our books, searchable by author and title. For more information on City Lights Publishers, see our Publisher's Home page.

   
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Between Barack and a Hard Place
Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama
Tim Wise
How Barack Obama's rise is reshaping the meaning of race in the United States today.
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World Ball Notebook
Sesshu Foster
A genre-breaking adventure: narrative prose poems filled with awe, yearning, acerbic wit, and crystalline observations.
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Invisible History
Afghanistan's Untold Story
Elizabeth Gould, Paul Fitzgerald
A fresh and comprehensive analysis of Afghanistan's political history emphasizing the impact of US interventions
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The Torturer's Wife
Thomas Glave
Profound portraits of the traumas of war, the ravages of homophobia, and the triumph of desire.
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Shoot An Iraqi
Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun
Wafaa Bilal, Kari Lydersen
An award-winning Iraqi artist's life story and the impact of his highly provocative interactive art piece
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Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook
Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Essential uncollected work from one of the most infamous and provocative contemporary American writers.
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So Many Ways to Sleep Badly
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
"Sycamore kicks mainstream literature in the teeth." —San Francisco Bay Guardian
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Voices of the Chicago Eight
A Generation on Trial
Tom Hayden, Frank Condon, Ron Sossi
Dramatically edited transcripts from the explosive 1969 conspiracy trial are paired with historic contextual writings to provide the essential Chicago Conspiracy handbook
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Crude Reflections/Cruda Realidad
Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest
Lou Dematteis, Kayana Szymczak
An indigenous community's landmark legal case to hold Chevron accountable for its contamination of the Amazon
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Writings For A Democratic Society
The Tom Hayden Reader
Tom Hayden
The best of Tom Hayden's writings from the turbulent 1960s to the Iraq war.
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Dying To Live
A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid
Mizue Aizeki, Joseph Nevins
The real story -- and human price -- of US/Mexico border enforcement.
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King of Shadows
Aaron Shurin
A candid and rich account of gay life as a poet in San Francisco since the 1960s
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All That's Left
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 4
Jack Hirschman
Poems for social justice by San Francisco's Poet Laureate
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The Fire and the Word
A History of the Zapatista Movement
Gloria Muñoz Ramírez
Beautifully illustrated with drawings and the most emblematic photo collection of Zapatista history, The Fire and the Word is an inspiring testimony of resistance and hope.

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