City Lights Bookstore San Francisco, California

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Reading, studying, researching books with my favorite publisher at the famous City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, California.

Jazz, The Beat Generation, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, Anne Rice, Leo Tolstoy, four copies of War and Peace by four separate publishers, read about City Lights Bookstore on Columbus and Broadway next to North Beach and Chinatown.

Publisher, Thomas Chee and my boy, Chase

City Lights Bookstore and Publishers

261 Columbus and Broadway

San Francisco, California

City Lights is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It also houses the nonprofit City Lights Foundation, which publishes selected titles related to San Francisco culture. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin (who left two years later). Both the store and the publishers became widely known following the obscenity trial of Ferlinghetti for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s influential collection Howl and Other Poems (City Lights, 1956). Nancy Peters started working there in 1971 and retired as executive director in 2007. In 2001, City Lights was made an official historic landmark. City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue in Chinatown, near the border of North Beach.

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