City Lights


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The legacy of Beat anti-authoritarianism lives on in this publishing company and bookshop, co-founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953. Be sure to head upstairs to the Poetry Annex, where books by the Beats sit beside contemporary small-press works and the photocopied ravings of 'shroom-addled hippies, raging punks and DIY indie voices. Readings here are real events.

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City Lights details

261 Columbus Avenue,
at Jack Kerouac Alley,
between Broadway & Pacific Avenue, North Beach

Area San Francisco

Transport Bus 12, 15, 30, 41, 45.

Telephone 362 8193

City Lights website

Open 10am-midnight daily.

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