CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE UPDATE
Regarding COVID-19

(Updated 3/23/20)

Like almost all shops in California,City Lights Bookstore must remain closed for business for an indefinite period. Until it is deemed safe for us to return to work, we will unfortunately be unable to fulfill website orders directly.

While so much in our world is changing, we remain convinced of the power of books to inform and inspire, and we're as passionate as ever about our roles as booksellers and publishers. And we're fully committed to doing everything we can to nurture our community through this critical time.

Thank you all for the messages of support and solidarity—they boost our morale at a very tenuous time. We're genuinely sorry we can't send books out directly, but in the meantime we hope you'll visit our virtual storefront on Bookshop.org where you can browse the entire list of books available from City Lights Publishers, and see what our booksellers are reading and recommending for you.

If you haven't already, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter, where we'll be keeping you informed of our news and our plans, and look for us too on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We’re hard at work creating alternate ways to connect you with the authors and publishers who have suddenly lost the opportunity for direct contact with their readers, so do stay in touch for updates.

Here in the Bay Area, we’ve decided that "social distancing" sounds a bit alienating, and instead we offer the notion of "spacious solidarity." Spread the word! Keep faith in a better future, stay healthy, care for each other well, and when it's safe, please come to see us at the bookstore. We’ll be SO GLAD to welcome you back!!!

 

 

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

Celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 100 Years

––City Lights storefront, March 2019-Present

 

City Lights is a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.

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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New at City Lights Bookstore


 

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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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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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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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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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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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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

   

New and Forthcoming from City Lights Publishers

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Race Man
Selected Works, 1960-2015
Julian Bond, Michael G. Long
Newsweek, Lit Hub, The Philadelphia Inquirer,and The Atlanta Journal Constitution pick Race Man by Julian Bond as one of their Most-Anticipated Books of 2020!

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A Short History of Presidential Election Crises
(And How to Prevent the Next One)
Alan Hirsch
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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The Promise
Silvina Ocampo
A dying woman's attempt to recount the story of her life reveals the fragility of memory and the illusion of identity.

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Forgotten Journey
Silvina Ocampo
Delicately crafted, intensely visual, deeply personal stories explore the nature of memory, family ties, and the difficult imbalances of love.

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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell
Collected for the first time, the complete surviving works of a major African-American Beat Surrealist poet. ––Recommended by Paul Yamazaki, head book buyer, City Lights Bookstore

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Troublemaker for Justice
The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington
Jacqueline Houtman, Michael G. Long, Walter Naegle
This biography of Bayard Rustin for young readers depicts his life of nonviolent activism and resistance.

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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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Little Hill
Alli Warren
Award-winning poet explores new formal terrain in seven long poems against the violence of the present political moment.

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Death Blossoms
Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience, Expanded Edition
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Profound meditations on life, death, freedom, family, and faith written by radical, Black journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, while he was awaiting his execution.

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The Grave on the Wall
Brandon Shimoda
Winner of the 2020 PEN Open Book Award. A memoir and book of mourning, a grandson's attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather's lifelong struggle.

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United States of Distraction
Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It)
Mickey Huff, Nolan Higdon
A powerful critique of how manipulation of media gives rise to disinformation, intolerance, and divisiveness, and how we can fight back.

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Surrealism
Inside the Magnetic Fields
Penelope Rosemont
A series of personal and historical encounters with surrealism from one of its foremost practitioners in the United States.