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CITY LIGHTS IS OPEN FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP!!! 

Though we still can't allow foot traffic in the bookstore, we are here for you! We'll be here to take your phone orders (for store pickup or mail order) every Monday - Saturday from 12-6pm Pacific Time at 415-362-8193

Our website is up and running again, too! You can now order online as usual, 24/7, and we'll ship to wherever you are. You can also order for pickup at the bookstore by entering "Curbside, SF, CA 94133" in the Ship-To field when you place your order.

Keep in mind that our website represents only a tiny percentage of the titles we actually carry in our bookstore, so if you don't see what you want, please do give us a call, or email us at orders@citylights.com anytime — we probably have what you want! 

And from all of us, a huge and sincere thank you for your support. We are incredibly grateful, and very excited to take this first big step to welcome you back to City Lights!

                    

 

Even though we can't gather in person now, we're still committed to celebrating books and ideas with our community! Join us online for an ongoing series of live events!

                            

 

New at City Lights Bookstore

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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament -- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.

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Stony the Road
Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

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Hurricane Season
A Novel
Fernanda Melchor
Like Roberto Bolano's 2666 or Faulkner's greatest novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with mythology and violence--real violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: it's a world that becomes more terrifying and more terrifyingly real the deeper you explore it.

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Radical Sacrifice
Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton pursues the concept of sacrifice through the history of human thought, from antiquity to modernity, in religion, politics, and literature. He sheds skewed perceptions of the idea, honing in on a radical structural reconception that relates the ancient world to our own in terms of civilization and violence.

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Strange Hotel
A Novel
Eimear McBride
From Eimear McBride, author of the award-winning A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, comes the beguiling travelogue of a woman in exile: from her past, her ghosts, and herself.

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Sansei & Sensibility
Stories
Karen Tei Yamashita
In these buoyant and inventive stories, Karen Tei Yamashita transfers classic tales across boundaries and questions what an inheritance--familial, cultural, emotional, artistic--really means.

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Lanny
A Novel
Max Porter
Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. An entrancing new novel by the author of the prizewinning Grief Is the Thing with Feathers.

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The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
David Wallace-Wells
Both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it--the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.

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The Old Drift
A Novel
Namwali Serpell
A stunning debut novel and the winner of the for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Ray Bradbury Prize, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

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Sabrina & Corina
Stories
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection--a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.

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Above Us the Milky Way
An Illuminated Alphabet
Fowzia Karimi
Above Us the Milky Way is a story about war, immigration, and the remarkable human capacity to create beauty out of horror.

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How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs
The Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of Its Historic Liberal-Islamic Alliance
The story of a pivotal moment in modern world history, when Arabs established a representative democracy―and how the West crushed it.

   

New and Forthcoming from City Lights Publishers

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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.

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

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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.

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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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ELADATL
A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines
Sesshu Foster
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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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.

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