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 It is imperative that we educate and illuminate ourselves to deepen our commitment to justice and equality for Black people and all people of color, and pave the way for radical systemic change. Here is an Antiracist reading list intended to inform and inspire, curated by our booksellers at City Lights. 

 

 

 

New at City Lights Bookstore

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The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart
Alicia Garza
An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country's leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter --Recommended by Paul

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Let's Talk About Your Wall: Mexican Writers Respond to the Immigration Crisis
Alberto Quintero , Carmen Boullosa
At last a book that explains the Border Wall from the Mexican perspective. An array of Journalists, novelists, and documentary makers, all based in Mexico, help expand our North American view on what this evil American monument really represents. --Recommended by Josiah

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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
Les Payne
An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.

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The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State (Volume 48) (California Series in Public Anthropology)
David Vine
In The United States of War, David Vine traces this pattern of bloody conflict from Columbus's 1494 arrival in Guantanamo Bay through the 250-year expansion of a global US empire.

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A Lover's Discourse
Xiaolu Guo
A Chinese woman moves from Beijing to London for a doctoral program―and to begin a new life―just as the Brexit campaign reaches a fever pitch. Isolated and lonely in a Britain increasingly hostile to foreigners, she meets a landscape architect and the two begin to build a life together.

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That Was Now, This Is Then: Poems
Vijay Seshadri
The brilliant new collection from Vijay Seshadri, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning 3 Sections

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For Now
Eileen Myles
In this raucous meditation, Eileen Myles offers an intimate glimpse into creativity's immediacy.

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JOURNEY TO FREEDOM:RICHARD OAKES, ALCATRAZ, AND THE RED POWER MOVEMENT
The Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity
The first book-length biography of Richard Oakes, a Red Power activist of the 1960s who was a leader in the Alcatraz takeover and the Indigenous rights movement

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Just Us
An American Conversation
Claudia Rankine
As everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions that might open pathways through this divisive and stuck moment in American history.

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Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution
Carol Hay
An audacious and accessible guide to feminist philosophy―its origins, its key ideas, and its latest directions.

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His Truth Marching On
John Lewis and the Power of Hope
Jon Meacham
An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America

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INVENTING LATINOS
A New Story of American Racism
A timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos' dynamic racial identity—because it impacts everything we think we know about race in America

   

New and Forthcoming from City Lights Publishers

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The Poetry Deal
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 5
Diane di Prima
Rest in Peace. Diane di Prima (1934 - 2020)

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Funeral Diva
Pamela Sneed
A poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era, and its effects on life and art. "She is a writer for the future, in that she defies genre."—Hilton Als

*Get a signed book plate by Pamela Sneed! We'll include one with each book purchase while supply lasts.


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Every Day We Get More Illegal
Juan Felipe Herrera
A State of the Union from the nation's first Latino Poet Laureate. Trenchant, compassionate, and filled with hope.

*Get a signed book plate by Juan Felipe! We'll include one with each book purchase while supply lasts.


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A Short History of Presidential Election Crises
(And How to Prevent the Next One)
Alan Hirsch
Will Trump honor the results of the November election if he loses? We present an urgent primer on what can be done to combat emerging threats to the core of U.S. Democracy––presidential elections.

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Under the Dome
Walks with Paul Celan
Jean Daive
An arresting memoir of the final years and tragic suicide of one of twentieth-century Europe's greatest poets, published on the centenary of his birth.

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ReTargeting Iran
David Barsamian
A timely primer on the conflict between the United States and Iran by scholars of Middle Eastern politics who advocate diplomacy and de-escalation.

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Dispatches from the Race War
Tim Wise
Essays on racial flashpoints, white denial, violence, and the manipulation of fear in America today.

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Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Carribean Fragoza
In gritty, sometimes fantastical stories about Latinx life, women challenge feminine stereotypes and make sense of fractured family histories.

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ELADATL
A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines
Sesshu Foster, Arturo Ernesto Romo
A breathtaking free fall into the long-buried (and fictional) history of a utopian era in American lighter-than-air travel, as told by its death-defying, aero-acrobatic heroes.

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Natch
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 20
Sophia Dahlin
Queer pastoral lyrics take on the romantic sublime in a stunningly assured debut collection.

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Facing You
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 19
Uche Nduka
From acclaimed Nigeria-born, Brooklyn-based poet Uche Nduka, a book of love poems written with compact elegance and vivid eroticism.

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Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?
Mumia Abu-Jamal
"A must-read for anyone interested in social justice and inequalities, social movements, the criminal justice system, and African American history. An excellent companion to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Ava DuVernay's documentary '13th'."—Library Journal, Starred Review

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No Fascist USA!
The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements
Hilary Moore, James Tracy
"Smash fascism! Read this book!"––Tom Morello, songwriter and guitarist with Rage Against the Machine

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
A New Critical Edition by Angela Y. Davis
Frederick Douglass, Angela Y. Davis
A new edition of the African American masterpiece featuring critical essays by Angela Y. Davis

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The Green New Deal and Beyond
Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can
Stan Cox
Honoring the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a clear and urgent call for the national, social, and individual changes required to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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Little Hill
Alli Warren
Despite the dystopian now, Alli Warren finds promise in the smallest human instances of tenderness, ecological connection, and political solidarity. Little Hill is about learning to live and love in the 21st century while not shying away from all there is to struggle against.