Posts Tagged: City Lights

The Evolution of Present-Day Greece: Talking with Nanos Valaoritis

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Poet and author Nanos Valaoritis discusses the political and cultural situation in Greece today.

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Reading Ferlinghetti in the Age of Trump

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This lesson feels especially relevant to our moment: that it’s possible to be both a frustrated activist and also a present and joyful human being.

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Tarnished, Shiny Exteriors: Kate Braverman’s A Good Day for Seppuku

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With A Good Day for Seppuku, Braverman has written a collection of intense images and exacting language

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Barbara Jane Reyes

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Barbara Jane Reyes discusses her new collection Invocation to Daughters, poly-vocality in poetry, and the importance of centering women’s voices.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #18: Keeping Our Balance in a Time of Turkeys

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Yesterday, walking home along the wet pavement twinkling under the sunshine, I spied a flock of no fewer than twenty-four wild turkeys parading down the street, mostly chicks. I don’t see them today, as the rain has returned, and all is gray. I live on a hill where I can look out the window to […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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An eight-time Jeopardy! winner is turning the cash into his dream: a bookstore. City Lights in San Francisco is offering up a special section featuring resistance literature. Bookstores in Washington, DC supported the Women’s March and hosted events through inauguration weekend.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Revolution Books in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan is literally advocating for real revolution. Broadway Books in Portland, Oregon spent Inauguration Day handing out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists. Dallas, Texas is getting an independent bookstore.

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Notable San Francisco: 11/30–12/6

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Wednesday 11/30: City Lights celebrates the publication of the magazine, Freeman’s: 2: Family: The Best New Writing on Family, from Grove Press. Editor John Freeman will be on hand. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights. Thursday 12/1: Novelist (Exiles) and short story writer Cary Groner reads for Story Hour at the Morrison Library at UC Berkeley. […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Famed Indian bookseller Ram Advani has passed away at the age of 95. He had planned to continue visiting his shops until was 99. Elton John has a favorite Los Angeles bookstore: Book Soup. Seattle’s only bookstore dedicated to poetry is looking for a new owner. Open Books owner John Marshal is looking to retire, […]

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Notable San Francisco: 12/30–1/5

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Wednesday 12/30: The Berkeley Poetry Slam presents The Third Annual Anarchy Slam with performance poet Mighty Mike McGee, a former National Poetry Slam Grand Champion, who has performed with Tons of Fun University, The Whirlwind Company, Electric Whale Revival, and Junkyard Ghost Revival. $7-$10 sliding scale. Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m. Starry […]

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Notable San Francisco: 11/11–11/17

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Monday 11/11: Hugo Martinez and Christin To, co-founders of MAT-TER Design + Build Studio share their work on La Burbuja, a portable sound booth for recording the stories of Sonic Trace, a storytelling and mapping project collecting the stories of immigrants in Los Angeles. $5-15, 7pm at Intersection for the Arts. Tuesday 11/12: City Lights […]

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Not An Email

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This is a letter in two parts. It didn’t start out that way but I got to thinking about joy and revision. So when I say goodbye the first time, you’ll see there’s actually more to go. So begins Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s Letter in the Mail, which City Lights has posted in honor of Letter Writing […]

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Ben Marcus Reading Tonight

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Ben Marcus will read from his new novel The Flame Alphabet at City Lights Bookstore. Tonight, 7 p.m. “The Flame Alphabet invites the question: What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love? Both morally engaged and wickedly entertaining, a gripping page-turner as strange as it is moving, […]

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Animating Howl

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In yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle, I chat with artist Eric Drooker about animating Allen Ginsberg’s Howl for the film of the same name as the long poem, and his resulting new book, Howl: A Graphic Novel. One thing that was edited out of my piece was this sentence: “Howl: A Graphic Novel reads like a […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 9/27-10/3

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This week in San Francisco: The Rumpus Book Club meets IRL, Litquake!, art at Benders, Litquake (Ferlinghetti style), and Barely Published Authors (AKA Litquake!). Monday 9/27: Are you a member of The Rumpus Book Club yet?  Want to “audit” the class before you commit to the reading assignments?  Tonight at the Booksmith, the book club […]

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