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City Lights Books

Map & Directions 261 Columbus
San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • HISTORY on 03/29/10

    In 1956 founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti published Alan Ginsberg's beatnik classic poem "Howl", and faced obscenity charges for it. In a landmark ruling, the poem was protected by the First Amendment.

  • Mazda on 12/03/10

    Both the store and the publishers became widely known following the obscenity trial of Ferlinghetti for publishing Allen Ginsberg's influential poem Howl and Other Poems (City Lights, 1956).

  • Matthew G. on 10/25/10

    City Lights isn't so much 'stocked' as 'curated'. For its size this has to be the best independent bookshop in the world. When you're finished buying go next door to Vesuvio and get drunk.

  • Gadling on 09/29/10

    Head to the third floor and look for the "poet's chair."

  • Scott K. on 10/12/10

    Look across the street behind the big tree to see a banksy piece. "at first you don't succeed -call in a airstrike"

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