Welcome to City Lights Publishers, celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2015!

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 marks our 60th anniversary as a publisher, starting with Pictures of the Gone World by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Pocket Poets No. 1 (a new 60th anniversary restored edition is forthcoming Fall 2015).

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

This Fall, look for the 60th anniversary edition of Pictures of the Gone World and an expanded 25th anniversary edition of Karen Finley's Shock Treatment, as well as the reissue of Hiparama of the Classics by Lord Buckley.

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

This past July, 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 two new books being published by City Lights in the anniversary year. City Lights authors Karen Finley and Thomas Page McBee call in as well to offer their take about being published under City Lights.

 

 

Featured Titles from City Lights Publishers

 

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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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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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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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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 SF, LA, NYC, MI, WA, MD, UK and elsewhere!
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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.
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The Gunman
A Novel
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Now Available!: A gripping noir masterpiece and "New York Times" notable book in a movie-tie edition.
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Beautiful Chaos
A Life in the Theater
Carey Perloff
Available Now: Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco's A.C.T., offers a provocative, passionate, and deeply personal view of theater's role today.
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In Search of the Movement
The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now
Benjamin Hedin
Available Now: Published on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama marches, Ben Hedin analyzes the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and illuminates the work that continues to be done today.
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Stars Seen in Person
Selected Journals
John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart
Four unpublished journals by a master of the form, one of the greatest American poets of the 20th Century.
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Two-Way Mirror
A Poetry Notebook
David Meltzer
A classic book of poetics by a major Beat Generation poet, published in a beautiful casebound gift edition. "One of the great post-World War II San Francisco poets and musicians."–Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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On Time
Poems 2005 - 2014
Joanne Kyger
On Time contains poem that speak like smoke rings drifting through a Bolinas afternoon. I can say with certainty that she is one of best poets writing in English today, and we are lucky to be alive to read her thought-nerves doing what they do best in a mundane and profound and ever-changing world. —Recommended by Jackson, City Lights Books
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Women in Public
City Lights Spotlight No. 13
Elaine Kahn
City Lights Spotlight No. 13: Women in Public dismantles and reassembles the humor, absurdity, and often terror that inform our interactions with gender, sexuality, and amorous consumption.