City Lights Bookstore

Collection by Amy Hoffman

Amy Hoffman
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Jack Kerouac

His name is enshrined in front of City Lights Bookstore, in North Beach. The mural on the north wall can be seen here: The facing mural can be seen here:

Why I Love Living in North Beach — The Bold Italic — San Francisco

When I first moved to San Francisco, I had the great fortune of landing in North Beach, where my sisters were living. They rented me the sun-room of their apartment, in a building that had survived…

Larry Keenan - Photographs of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights Books, & Michael McClure

Larry Keenan fine art photography. Photographs of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights Books, & Michael McClure.

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The Most Creative Spaces in San Francisco History, Part One

Creativity and innovation are hallmarks of San Francisco, where a startup mentality continues to define us. We routinely set foot on the hallowed grounds of storied cultural landmarks—unprecedented venues at their inception that remain progressive icons today. Here, insiders reminisce on the impact ...

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HOWL and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg San Francisco, City Lights, 1969 21st Printing, Beatnik Classic Obscenity Trial, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A classic of the beat era! HOWL and other Poems, by Allen Ginsberg. This is considered one of the most influential English language poems of the 20th century. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Published by City Lights, the San Francisco bookstore/press founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. (Who turned 100 in March of 2019). Ferlinghetti heard Ginsberg read HOWL with its famous opening line, and was immediately awe-struck. He sent Ginsberg a telegram quoting the first line of Ralph Waldo…

That time Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was booed by Candlestick fans

Since Candlestick Park was demolished earlier this year, only my happiest memories have risen from the rubble. The touchdowns, chocolate malts, Randy Cross, Croixs de Candlestick, Frisbee dogs, Hue…


Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the Poet’s room. GARY SNYDER, poet: I think Lawrence is a wonderfully complex guy. Very learned. Very astute. But he keeps a lightness about him, and he always has an edge of...

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The 10 Most Famous Bookstores in the World

Yesterday was the anniversary of the birth of Sylvia Beach—probably the most notorious bookstore owner in modern history, and the founder of what is still arguably the most famous bookstore in the …

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DogFest, Dance Week, and more: What to do in San Francisco this weekend — SF Gate

If you're not too exhausted from last weekend's packed schedule of blazing it, honoring the Earth, and riding big wheels down the windiest street in San Francisco, we have good news: It's another beautiful spring weekend in the Bay Area, and we know exactly how you should spend it.

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Interview with a Bookstore: San Francisco's historic City Lights

Lost ducks, beatniks, and sex in the storeroom: we kick off a new series from Literary Hub exploring iconic bookstores, with one of America’s most famous, City Lights

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Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960 (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) by Allen Ginsberg 0872860213 9780872860216

Buy a cheap copy of Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960 (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) by Allen Ginsberg 0872860213 9780872860216 - A gently used book at a great low price. Free shipping in the US. Discount books. Let the stories live on. Affordable

Kerouac Alley & City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco

Kerouac Alley in San Francisco connects Chinatown and North Beach Italian District, flanked by City Lights Bookstore and a Jazz Club, where Jack Kerouac freq...