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  Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - Poetry Landmark: The City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, CA
Nestled among the trattorias, strip clubs, and skyscrapers of San Francisco’s North Beach is City Lights Bookstore—not only a landmark to poetry, but also a battleground for the freedom of speech.
City Lights was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin as the nation’s first all-paperback bookstore.
In 1955, Ferlinghetti became the store’s sole owner and launched City Lights Publishers in order to present the work of the Beat poets, who were having difficulty finding a place for their writing with mainstream, East Coast publishers.
www.poets.org /viewmedia.php/prmMID/5758   (435 words)

  City Lights Bookstore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
City Lights bookstore as it was in July of 2003.
City Lights was founded in 1953 as the nation's first all-paperback bookstore, by Peter D. Martin and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
City Lights is a member of the American Booksellers Association.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/City_Lights_Bookstore   (461 words)

 City Lights Bookstore - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
The City Lights Bookstore, in the North Beach section of San Francisco, California, is an independent bookstore specializing in poetry and a small press publisher of fiction, essays, memoirs, translations, poetry, and books on social and political issues.
The bookstore was founded in 1953 as the nation's first all-paperback bookstore, by Peter D. Martin and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
While City Lights has the typical sections for new releases, fiction, music, and reference, it also has sections for commodity aesthetics, stolen continents, muckraking, and class war.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/City_Lights_Bookstore   (501 words)

 City Lights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
City Lights is a 1931 film written by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin.
Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in "City Lights" (1931).
In 1972, renowned Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky was asked to list his 10 favorite films and placed "City Lights" at number 5 whilst expressing his admiration for the director, "Chaplin is the only person to have gone down into cinematic history without any shadow of a doubt.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/City_Lights   (704 words)

 City Lights Bookstore - San Francisco, CA 94133 - Reviews: Book Stores
This bookstore is famous because of its association with the Beat poetry movement.
If you miss the oldage bookstores (trust me this place is a historical treasure) where you could find the wooden staircase and find old unused books, they have an amazing collection of books including an entire floor of books on literature and poetry.
By Brad S. City Lights Bookstore sits at the tip of Chinatown and is well known for the many famous autnors who have come to sit and read here.
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 City Lights - San Francisco Bookstore
City Lights was founded in 1953, by then unknown poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, as the nation's first all-paperback bookstore.
City Lights Publishers was inaugurated with the release of Pictures of the Gone World, a collection of Ferlinghetti's poetry.
While chain bookstores normally set aside one small bookcase for poetry - with the old standards of Byron and Shelley - the City Lights poetry room is an embodiment of modern poetry history.
www.coastnews.com /sf/city_lights.htm   (878 words)

 math lessons - City Lights Bookstore
The City Lights Bookstore, in the North Beach section of San Francisco, is an independent bookstore specializing in poetry.
The bookstore was founded in 1953 by Peter D. Martin and the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
City Lights proved its worth by publishing Howl when no other publisher would touch it.
www.mathdaily.com /lessons/City_Lights_Bookstore   (153 words)

 City Lights - Bookstore - North Beach - SFBayShop - Most Unique Shopping Districts in the San Francisco Bay Area - ...
It was founded in 1953, the first all-paperback bookstore in the U.S., stocking classics of modern literature and progressive politics.
In 1956, City Lights published Allen Ginsberg's seminal poem "Howl" and became the lightning rod for a new generation of untamed poets.
City Lights has been the head, heart, and undersoul of literary San Francisco for half a century, and—as the Gotham Book Mart in Manhattan long ago proclaimed about itself — “Wise Men Fish Here.” -from tour of City Lights
www.northbeachshop.com /pages/citylights.html   (179 words)

 NPR : Commentary: City Lights Turns 50
All Things Considered, June 6, 2003 · City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, a focal point of American alternative culture, marks its 50th anniversary on June 8.
City Lights was founded in 1953 by Beat movement icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti, now Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and Peter D. Martin.
City Lights helped publish Ginsberg's landmark 1956 poem "Howl," then successfully defended the controversial work in court, establishing new guidelines regarding freedom of speech.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=1285861   (286 words)

 City Lights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
City Lights Bookstore on Columbus Avenue is an enduring icon of North Beach and a valuable resource for new voices in literature.
Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953, City Lights became the center of gravity for the Beat movement.
Ferlinghetti, City Lights continues to support freethinking writers and poets who fall under the mainstream radar.
www.mistersf.com /literary/litcitylights.htm   (64 words)

 Prairie Lights Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The unique story of a young girl dealing with the challenge of having deaf parents is drawn from Ray's own family experiences, and the intimacy and authenticity of the author's treatment adds warmth and realism to her telling.
The light is cast in gold and bronze, the sweet color of memory.
And part of the regimen is to write a short story set in WW I. We follow him through the loneliness of the present, the memories of the past and get a riveting war story to boot.
www.prairielightsbooks.com /NASApp/store/IndexJsp   (697 words)

 CNN.com - Books - Landmark status likely for beatnik-era bookstore - June 27, 2000
SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) -- The bookstore where the beat movement was born may be immortalized as a historic landmark.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote later this year to give landmark status to the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco's North Beach.
Soon after opening City Lights in 1953, he was selling and publishing works no other press would touch, including books by Michael McClure and Jack Kerouac.
archives.cnn.com /2000/books/news/06/27/beat.establishment   (537 words)

 City Lights Books
In 1953, with Peter D. Martin, he founded City Lights Bookstore, the first all-paperbound bookshop in the country, and by 1955 he had launched the City Lights publishing house.
The bookstore has served for half a century as a meeting place for writers, artists, and intellectuals.
City Lights Publishers began with the Pocket Poets Series, through which Ferlinghetti aimed to create an international, dissident ferment.
www.citylights.com /ferlinghetti   (793 words)

 LitKicks: City Lights
by Levi Asher (brooklyn) Sep 20, 2001 11:24 AM City Lights Books was founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, editor of City Lights magazine, in 1953.
It was conceived as a way to finance the rent for the second floor editiorial offices of City Lights magazine.
City Lights Books publishing house was launched by Ferlinghetti.
www.litkicks.com /BeatPages/page.jsp?what=CityLights   (470 words)

 City Lights Bookstore: Where Poetics Becomes Movement. Part III.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
One nicely dressed young man with glasses can be seen unloading the delivery truck that arrives in front of City Lights each morning.
Sometimes, if a traveler is bored, it is fun to stand and watch this strange collaboration of individuals working in the bookstore and dream of better days.
If a visitor will let it, and his or her imagination is good enough; City Lights will transport them to another place that existed not too long ago, where dreamers and poets held readings to the sounds of classical music and jazz over Tolstoy.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/beat_boulevard/89825/2   (303 words)

 Rugged Elegance | San Francisco | City Lights Bookstore
Open since 1953, City Lights is a landmark independent bookstore, internationally known for its expert selection of books and for its commitment to free intellectual inquiry.
Today, the store is not only a bookstore but a publishing house that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.
City Lights Bookstore has been selected as one of This Year's Most Rugged Elegant Establishments in North Beach.
sf.ruggedelegance.com /places_detail.php?id=178   (88 words)

 City Lights Books
For over half a century, City Lights Books has demonstrated a commitment to preserving and promoting the diversity of voices and ideas that are represented in quality books.
With this in mind, we have formed the non-profit City Lights Foundation with the goal of advancing deep literacy, which is not only the ability to read and write but fluency in the knowledge and skills that enable us to consciously shape our lives and the life of our community.
The City Lights Foundation has collaborated with the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Association to update and reprint David Myrick’s classic Telegraph Hill, a beautiful, lavishly illustrated book that is an invaluable community resource documenting the story...
www.citylights.com /foundation   (283 words)

 City Arts & Lectures
This North Beach landmark was the first all-paperback bookshop in the country, and is also the home of City Lights' own independent publishing house.
In 1998, San Francisco appointed Lawrence Ferlinghetti the city's first Poet Laureate and this year he was installed as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
At 84, Ferlinghetti is busy writing and painting and remains the proprietor of City Lights.
www.cityarts.net /n.ferlinghetti.html   (346 words)

 City Lights Bookstore - Home Entertainment - San Francisco, CA, 94133-4586 - Citysearch
City Lights offers free readings by authors monthly, check their website for more information.
Don't expect this to be a new and trendy bookstore with lots of "elbow room" to sit and chat.
If you're a lover of the written word...make a pilgrimage to City Lights and just take it all in.
www.citysearch.com /profile/917832   (514 words)

 City Lights Bookstore: Where Poetics Becomes Movement. Part II.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
City Lights Bookstore: Where Poetics Becomes Movement Part II.
And, througout this reign of literary terror and beauty, Lawrence Ferlinghetti kept the home fires burning at City Lights Bookstore, calmly writing a new poem each year, and greeting the next generation of the literary bohemia on Columbus Avenue.
I lived in San Francisco for about two years, and City Lights was my favorite place in the city, a place where sadly so many books that only a handful have read reside.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/beat_boulevard/89822   (561 words)

 City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco - Reviews of City Lights Bookstore - IgoUgo
I hesitated to include City Lights, since it seems like a San Francisco cliché.
Still, it is one of the great bookstores in the country, as it caters to the Academic and the Intellectual in all of us.
Benches on the lower level make it easy to browse, which is good since the European hostel set and the last few starving artists who can afford to live in the city can’t afford to buy too much.
www.igougo.com /travelcontent/journalEntryActivity.aspx?JournalID=266&entryID=631   (191 words)

 San Francisco Travel Guide | Fodor's Online
Her claim remains true today: as in the 1920s, touring on foot is the best way to experience this diverse metropolis.
San Franciscans cherish the city's colorful past; many older buildings have been spared from demolition and nostalgically converted into modern offices and shops.
Locals know this pluralism is the real life of the city.
fodors.com /miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=san_francisco@137&...   (285 words)

 City Lights Bookstore on 43 Places
I loved being at City Lights… browsing the books and watching the other shoppers and listening to the staff discuss books.
I love North Beach and like to drop into City Lights when I’m in the neighborhood.
City Lights is a great bookstore in the heart of North Beach.
www.43places.com /places/view/204220   (610 words)

 At City Lights Bookstore::The Visit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The two poets posed in front of Ferlinghetti's shop and publishing headquarters, City Lights Bookstore.
It is "the birthplace of beat poetry" in San Francisco's North Beach and also the setting for many literary celebrations and free speech demonstrations.
Having the photo shot at the historic bookstore fulfilled a long held wish for Pablo.
www.think-ink.net /visit/visit.htm   (195 words)

 City Lights Books
City Lights T shirts, Tote Bags, Posters & More
A Literary Meeting Place Since 1953, City Lights is a landmark general bookstore, internationally known for its expert selection of books and for its commitment to free intellectual inquiry.
Eclectic thinkers, brought together by the bestselling author of City of Quartz, meditate on future worlds being created by unfettered capitalism.
www.citylights.com /bookstore   (668 words)

 City Lights Bookstore   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
When Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books opened June 8 1954, it was the first paperback bookstore in the country and Allen Ginsberg's publisher, was at the movement's center.
This is one of the most famous bookstores in the world and thankfully it is still as great as ever.
All products and company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
www.sfheart.com /map/city_lights.html   (135 words)

 Prairie Lights Bookstore - Iowa City
Prairie Lights is now offering a new website www.prairielightsbooks.com as part of BookSense.com.
Starting November 13th, we will be able to have books drop shipped from the distributor.
Artwork used on this site is taken from Mark Muller's "Jewels of the Prairie" poster, available from Prairie Lights for $20.00, which includes shipping and handling.
www.prairielights.com   (172 words)

 San Francisco Sightseeing | Citylights, Vesuvio Cafe, Columbus Tower San Francisco
There are several locations in North Beach that breathe the authentic air of those days, foremost the City Lights Bookstore.
Founded in the 1950s by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, beat poet himself, City Lights became a groundbreaking publishing company by publishing controversial works such as Ginsberg's "Howl" and many works by Kerouac and other beat poets, and is to this day one of the finest book stores in San Francisco.
There are many authentic places of those days still around, for instance the Vesuvio's Café right down the street from City Lights or the Tosca Café on 242
www.locationsite.de /sanfrancisco/citylightse.htm   (383 words)

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