Welcome to City Lights Publishers!

Founded 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.

2015 marked our 60th anniversary as a publisher!

Out now is the City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology, 60th Anniversary Edition, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and a book of selected correspondence between Allen Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career. We also published our very first book for children in 2015, the New York Times Bestseller, Rad American Women A-Z.

2015 also saw the publication of a new hardcover edition of the first City Lights book, Pictures of the Gone World: Pocket Poets Number One and an expanded 25th anniversary edition of Karen Finley's Shock Treatment.

We are also proud to have released the new poetry collection of the 2015-2016 U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, Notes on the Assemblage.

In July 2015, Elaine Katzenberger, publisher and executive director of City Lights, spoke with Michael Krasny on KQED Forum about the 60-year history of City Lights Publishers, the legacy of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the new books being published by City Lights in the anniversary year. City Lights authors Karen Finley and Thomas Page McBee called in as well to offer their take about being published under City Lights.

 

 

Featured Titles from City Lights Publishers

 

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Pictures of the Gone World
60th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The volume that launched City Lights' iconic Pocket Poets Series, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first collection of poems, in an anniversary edition.
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Incidents of Travel in Poetry
New and Selected Poems
Frank Lima, Garrett Caples, Julien Poirier
New and selected work by a major Latino poet, the best kept secret of the New York School.
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Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl
New York Times Bestseller! A book for children—and their parents, teachers, and cool grown-up friends—documenting America's famous and unsung heroines.
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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera
Newest collection from the U.S. Poet Laureate: Exuberant and socially engaged, reflective and healing, a multi-genre collection of new work from the nation's first Latino Poet Laureate!
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The Beats Abroad
A Global Guide to the Beat Generation
Bill Morgan
The international phase of the Beat Generation's story, documenting their travels and the tremendous influence it had on their writing.
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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
60th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Available Now! A comprehensive selection from Ferlinghetti's famed City Lights Pocket Poets Series, published on the 60th anniversary of its founding.
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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career
The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan
Out Now: Marking the 60th anniversary of City Lights Publishers, we present the intimate correspondence of Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti, documenting one of the longest relationships between a publisher and a writer.
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Because We Say So
Noam Chomsky
Concise, forceful commentaries on US politics and global crises, from cyberwar and surveillance to the increasing urgency of climate change.
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The Bell Tolls for No One
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Everyone's favorite dirty old man is back! Previously uncollected pulp fiction by the 20th-century American master.
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Reflections on the End of a Civilization
Roy Scranton
An Iraq War vet's bracing, visionary response to the challenge posed by global warming and his hope in the humanities. 19 city tour!
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Shock Treatment
Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Karen Finley
Expanded anniversary edition of this 1990 classic by America's most provocative performance artist, as outrageous, insightful and relevant as ever. Tour stops in NYC, MI, WA, MD, the UK and elsewhere!
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Under the Affluence
Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America
Tim Wise
A scalding indictment of how the wealthy influence the national economy, politics, and media to disadvantage those already less fortunate.
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Disposable Futures
The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux
A dazzling exploration of the seduction of violence and spectacle in politics, culture, entertainment and everyday life.
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Woman in Battle Dress
Antonio Benitez-Rojo
An epic, historical novel about a bold, transgressive woman whose life became the subject of Cuba's most sensational legal trial.
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Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores
A compelling and humorous collection of poems by the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets. Includes previously unpublished works.
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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández
New Release: Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on black experience, race relations, freedom, justice, social change, and the future of American society. With a foreword by Cornel West.