Interior Design Since 1900: Fourth Edition

Welcome to City Lights

A Literary Meetingplace Since 1953, City Lights is a landmark bookstore and publishing house, known for our commitment to innovative writing and progressive ideals.


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Our Story

City Lights Bookstore was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953, and became an instant gathering place  for readers, writers, artists, and activists. In 1955, Ferlinghetti launched City Lights Publishers with the now-famous Pocket Poets Series. Find out how it all began.

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