"Paper / may burn / but words / will escape."

Celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 100 Years

––City Lights storefront, March 2019-Present

 

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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>>

 

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The Source of Self-Regard
Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison has a new book, and it is beautiful, heart-felt, and inspiring. Toni has served as a beacon for art, style,and culture for years. She has been a guide towards more meaningful connections to the world of turmoil and love we live in. This book is excellent, and we're glad it's here.

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Lost Children Archive
A novel
Valeria Luiselli
Lost Children Archive is a novel about archiving all that we don't want to lose. Luiselli looks into the American present as well as its history: into Native American history, and the many intersections between American and Mexican history that are and have always been there. This is the perfect American road trip novel for right now. —Tommy Orange

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf
(The Dark Star Trilogy)
Marlon James
Spilling copious amounts of warm blood, Marlon James has dipped into African folklore & myth to breathe new life into a genre that was in danger of stagnation. I had given up on anything contemporary resembling high fantasy. Then this book hit. What seemed old & stuffy now feels unique, shocking, & challenging. As it should. Recommended by Daven

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The Spirit of Science Fiction
A Novel
Roberto Bolaño
This posthumous novel, steeped in literary mystery & informed by an immense readership, manages to makes the fumbling of young poets incredibly cool. Bolaño has authored many of my favorite books, & THIS IS NO EXCEPTION! Recommended by Jared, City Lights Bookstore

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House of Stone
A Novel
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe's turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, but built on forgetting.

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
David Treuer
A sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

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The Weight of the Earth
The Tape Journals of David Wojnarowicz
David Wojnarowicz, Lisa Darms, David O'Neill
Audio journals that document Wojnarowicz's turbulent attempts to understand his anxieties and passions, and tracking his thoughts as they develop in real time.

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Mouthful of Birds
Stories
Samanta Schweblin
Schweblin's stories have the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark take on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing, and the line between the real and the strange blurs.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
Shoshana Zuboff
The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.

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Wild Milk
Sabrina Orah Mark
Wild Milk is like Borscht Belt meets Leonora Carrington; it's like Donald Barthelme meets Pony Head; it’s like the Brothers Grimm meet Beckett in his swim trunks at the beach. In other words, this remarkable collection of stories is unlike anything else you’ve read.

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The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoake, VA, 1843
Percival Everett
Percival Everett's The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoke, VA, 1843, Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun, is poetry within the harsh confines of a mock historical document―a guidebook for the American slave owner.

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The Hole
José Revueltas
The Hole tells in visceral and terrifying detail the frantic moments leading up to a desperate scheme by 3 inmates to smuggle drugs into Mexico's infamous Lecumberre Prison. An ominous parable about post-revolutionary Mexico’s institutions and their intent on the individual, and a classic of modern Mexican literature. - Recommended by Josiah

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W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits
Visualizing Black America
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Britt Rusert
Recommended by Paul The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of "the color line."

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Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
Denis Johnson
A bewitching epitaph. Nobody reported from the haunted depths of American life quite like Johnson. - Recommended by Michael

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Vanishing Act
Written and drawn in thirteen tones, from comedy and confession to interpretative dance, Vanishing Act is synchronized in time and space on one melancholy evening.

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The New Dark Age
Technology and the End of the Future
James Bridle
Bridle's demonstrations of how the physical footprint of virtual space developed along the physical lines of traditionally imperialist, elitist power and continue to reinforce ever-deepening chasms of inequality are fascinating and alarming."––Recommended by Christopher P., City Lights Booksellers

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Kolyma Stories
Translated by Don Rayfield
Varlam Shalamov
Daunting in size, yes, but these stories are short, and read like brutal Russian parables. But they aren't. They're based on his 17 years of suffering under the abysmal conditions of the gulag—THIS BOOK IS ICE COLD! -- Recommended by Jared

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There There
Tommy Orange
Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. --Recommended by Paul, City Lights Booksellers

   

New and Forthcoming from City Lights Publishers

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Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
A Graphic Biography
Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas
The life, times, and work of Herbert Marcuse, one of the 20th century's most remarkable cultural figures.

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Tosh
Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World
Tosh Berman
The triumphs and tragedies of growing up as the son of a famous Beat artist.

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We the Resistance
Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States
Michael G. Long
A first-person history of nonviolent resistance in the U.S., from pre-Revolutionary America to the Trump years.

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Retablos
Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border
Octavio Solis
Octavio Solis's memoir about growing up at the U.S./Mexico border. Recommended by the NY Times and NBC News, and called one of the best books of the year by Buzzfeed.

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Arcana
A Stephen Jonas Reader
Stephen Jonas, Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra
Stephen Jonas is a crucial missing piece of the postwar American poetry puzzle.

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More Gone
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 18
Edmund Berrigan
From New York School scion and memoirist, a new book of poems considering domesticity in the heart of the city.

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Impeaching the President
Past, Present, and Future
Alan Hirsch
NOW AVAILABLE: An historical look at the practice of impeachment, how it impacted the terms of Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton, and how it may affect Donald Trump.

"Lucid, balanced, and deeply informed. Anyone in search of a reasoned guide to the unreason of our current situation should read it."--Elizabeth Kolbert


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Poso Wells
Gabriela Alemán
Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's first work to appear in English: a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!

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Violence
Humans in Dark Times
Natasha Lennard, Brad Evans
Interviews with leading thinkers on the crisis of violence in contemporary politics, history, media, and culture.

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American Nightmare
Facing the Challenge of Fascism
Henry A. Giroux
A far-ranging critique of the rise of authoritarianism and white nationalism in the US and the consequences for democracy.

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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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Torn from the World
A Guerrilla's Escape from a Secret Prison in Mexico
John Gibler
The real-life story of a political insurgent who was disappeared and tortured by the Mexican Army and miraculously escaped to tell the tale.

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Loaded
A Disarming History of the Second Amendment
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
"If . . . anyone at all really wants to 'get to the root causes of gun violence in America,' they will need to start by coming to terms with even a fraction of what Loaded proposes."—Los Angeles Review of Books

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The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way
On Writers and Writing
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
A collection of columns, reviews, introductions, interviews, and previously uncollected stories revealing the method behind the madness and critical acumen of Charles Bukowski.

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The Stone Building and Other Places
Aslı Erdoğan
Vivid stories from one of Turkey's most admired contemporary female authors, whose political activism has made her the target of state persecution.

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I Couldn't Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us
An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa
John Gibler
Chosen as a Best Book of 2017 by Publishers Weekly!

Harrowing personal narratives describing how Mexican authorities disappeared, killed, and injured scores of students and others in a still-unsolved crime.


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Cruel Futures
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17
Carmen Giménez Smith
A Latina feminist State of the Union address at the intersection of pop culture and interiority.

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Storming the Wall
Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security
Todd Miller
Fast-paced frontline reportage chronicling how climate change is accelerating migration, border build-up, and militarization in the U.S. and beyond.

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Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Pocket Poets Series No. 61
Tongo Eisen-Martin
"This is resistance as sound."—Claudia Rankine

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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