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City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco

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Historic Site · Gift & Specialty Shop
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City Lights Booksellers, a funky bookstore founded by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, serves as a literary meeting place in San Francisco. Stop in and have a look around this independent bookstore/publishing house established in 1953 and famous for the obscenity trial it faced after releasing Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" in 1956. Located between North Beach and Chinatown, this bookstore became a historic landmark in 2001. You can also shop the unique book collection here, which focuses on world literature, arts, and politics. With our online itinerary creator, San Francisco attractions like City Lights Booksellers can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I love an independent book store! City lights was tight and hard to navigate with a much smaller selection than I expected. I always have a list of "to get" books in both fiction and non-fiction... 
    I love an independent book store! City lights was tight and hard to navigate with a much smaller selection than I expected. I always have a list of "to get" books in both fiction and non-fiction...  more »
  • City Lights Booksellers 261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586 çok başarılı bir yer 
    City Lights Booksellers 261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586 çok başarılı bir yer  more »
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  • Forever Famous Since the 1960’s....A real San Francisco Treat! Shop here... A world famous bookstores from the time of The Beat Generation... amazing Bookstore...it has been. Vast collection of great book. Check their calendar...a real Go to place in SF for decades..
  • Wide selection of books and very organized. They have a great section on Science Fiction and Fantasy in the back of the basement floor and they have a decent amount of fiction by non-white/non-western authors on the first floor. Definitely peruse those aisles if you're looking to decolonize your mind!

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