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City Lights Bookstore
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City Lights Bookstore, 2010
General information
Type Commercial
Location 261-271 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′51″N 122°24′24″W / 37.797628°N 122.406575°W / 37.797628; -122.406575
Designated: 2001
Reference #: 228

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. While formally located in Chinatown, it self-identifies as part of immediately adjacent North Beach.

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City Lights Bookstore - outside, 2013
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