City Lights April Newsletter

City Lights April Newsletter

Date: 2015-04-01 08:01
From: “City Lights Booksellers & Publishers”

4 new City Lights publications,
Rad Women on tour, and more
City Lights Newsletter

April 2015


In Search of the Movement: (
The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now (
by Benjamin Hedin (

$15.95 | Trade Paperback| ISBN 9780872866478

“By tracing the continued legacy of the black freedom struggle from the 1960s to the present, this gem of a book wonderfully illuminates how the movement is living and thriving in our own time.”—Peniel Joseph

In March of 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands in an epic march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery, in what is often seen as the culminating moment of the Civil Rights movement.

Recently, however, the New York Times featured an article that described the reversion of Little Rock’s schools to all-black or all-white. Massive demonstrations in cities across the country protest the killing of black men by police, while we celebrate a series of 50th-anniversary commemorations of the signature events of the Civil Rights movement. In such a time it is important to ask: In the last fifty years, has America progressed on matters of race, or are we stalled—or even moving backward?

Published on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama marches, In Search of the Movement analyzes the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and illuminates the work that continues to be done today.

Watch the book trailer here (

Two-Way Mirror
A Poetry Notebook (
By David Meltzer (

$18.95 | Hardcover | ISBN 9780872866508

Two-Way Mirror is a classic book of poetics. Written in short remarks, autobiographical anecdotes, and inspirational quotations drawn from philosophical, ethnographic, and literary sources, Two-Way Mirror is both a nondidactic guide to the art Meltzer has devoted his life to, and a literary pleasure in itself. With its various writing prompts, Two-Way Mirror has proven to be both inspirational and practical, a teaching tool and a guide to creativity that makes the perfect gift for poets at any stage of development.

“Reading Two-Way Mirror, I feel continually surprised, excited, alive. This book makes me want to make poems, and readers, beware: if you are not already a poet, this book could very well turn you into one.”—Matthew Zapruder

“I know of no better amalgam of poetry & poetics & no better introduction to the ways in which poetry can emerge for us & lead us beyond ourselves & toward our own fulfillments. Meltzer’s grace of mind & the life of poetry that surrounds it make the case complete.”—Jerome Rothenberg


Women in Public (
City Lights Spotlight #13
By Elaine Kahn (
Trade Paper | $13.95 | ISBN 9780872866812

Women in Public dismantles and reassembles the humor, absurdity, and often terror that inform our interactions with gender, sexuality, and amorous consumption.

“Elaine Kahn’s poems touch me somewhere deep. I don’t know how or why, but I’m willing to go wherever she wants to take me.”—Kim Gordon

On Time
Poems 2005-2014 (
By Joanne Kyger (
Trade Paper | $16.95 | ISBN 9780872866805

A major new collection from one of the most significant poets of the SF Renaissance.

“On Time offers exquisite panoramic views of eternity. It reads like an early morning drive up the coast with sunlight showing through the branches. Joanne’s words gain a perfect stillness hanging in the air. They sound in our mind then dissolve to a hairline edge. Glide with the turn. Get blown away. There is no greater voice in American poetry.”—Cedar Sigo


Join Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl, author and illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z (, and Thomas Page McBee, author of Man Alive (, as they take part in the Sister Spit tour ( with stops in:

San Diego: ( UC San Diego, Wednesday, April 1st, 4:30pm
Riverside: ( UC Riverside, Thursday, April 2nd, 7pm
Long Beach: ( MADE, Friday, April 3rd, 7pm
Oakland ( Rock, Paper, Scissors, Tuesday, April 7th, 7pm
San Francisco ( Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Wednesday, April 8th, 8pm
Portland ( IPRC, Saturday, April 11th, 7pm
Olympia ( Evergreen State College, 11am & Olympia Timberlake Library, 7:30pm, Wednesday April 15th


Catch the Rad Gals on the rest of their book tour in the following cities:

Portland ( Reading Frenzy, Sunday April 12th, 3pm
Bellevue ( University Bookstore, Monday, April 13th, 6pm
Seattle ( Third Place Books-Ravenna, Tuesday April 14th, 7pm
Berkeley ( Pegasus Bookstore, Wednesday April 22nd, 7:30pm
San Jose ( Hicklebee’s, Friday, April 24th, 3:30pm
Oakland ( Laurel Bookstore, Saturday, April 25th, 11am


Married to a Stranger


Jumping Over Fire

By Nahid Rachlin (

available wherever ebooks are sold

Highlights from City Lights Podcast

– Richard Kenvin ( celebrates the release of his new book, Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding at City Lights Bookstore by reading the first two chapters and answering questions.

– City Lights author Elaine Kahn ( reads from Women in Public with special guest Alli Warren, and sits down for an interview (

– Sandip Roy ( discussing his new book, Don’t Let Him Know with David Nelson of the Kitchen Sisters.

Check back each and every Friday for more exclusive recordings ( of every event at City Lights Books.

Highlights from the CITY LIGHTS BLOG

– Poetry on a Monday Reviews: ( Beast Feast by Cody-Rose Clevidence.

– Rex Ray, 1956-2015 (

– 93 years of Jack Kerouac ( and more on our monthly literary news roundup, Planet News.

– ( – the connection between Charles Baudelaire & Edgar Allan Poe

– Ferguson, USA ( an original essay by Mumia Abu-Jamal.

– Friday Staff Picks ( from the shelves of City Lights Bookstore.

All that and so much more on the City Lights Blog (


April 5 ( – Remembering Allen Ginsberg on the 18th anniversary of his passing as Marc Olmsted discusses the life of the poet with a new book Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg.

April 8 ( – Beat Generation poet David Meltzer will read from the new editon of Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook, published by City Lights.

April 15 ( – Ryan Gattis will read from his new novel All Involved.

April 21 ( – An evening with Eli Horowitz, celebrating the release of his new book, co-authored by Chris Adrian, The New World.

April 23 ( – Viet Thanh Nyugen will read from his new book The Sympathizer.

April 28 ( – Acclaimed poet and actress Amber Tamblyn will discuss her new non-fiction book Dark Sparkler.

April 30 ( – Robert Scheer discussing his new book They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.


Joanne Kyger ( reads from On Time ( in San Francisco and Bolinas.

Thomas Page McBee ( will take part in the Sister Spit tour reading from his new book Man Alive ( with stops in San Diego, Riverside, Long Beach, Portland, and Olympia.

Carey Perloff ( celebrates Beautiful Chaos ( with talks and lectures in Minneapolis, Danville, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl ( celebrate the release of Rad American Woman A-Z ( on the Sister Spit tour and at bookstore events, with stops in San Diego, Riverside, Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, Bellevue, Seattle, Olympia, Pasadena, Berkeley, and San Jose.


Girl in a Band
A Memoir (
By Kim Gordon
Dey Street

Recommended by Layla

This sharply observed, collage-like memoir of a life in music and art left me inspired and ready for a new musical vision. The evocative Didion-esque depiction of Kim’s girlhood in the post-Manson landscape of Los Angeles, the wild early ’80s downtown NY art/no wave existence then, of course, her years spent playing bass in Sonic Youth … A dry sense of humor, a perceptive and incisive voice and a life spent in the avant-garde make this an un-putdownable read!

Welcome to Braggsville (
By T. Geronimo Johnson
William Morrow

Picked by Tân

From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It ‘Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment—a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer.


1. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! ( by Kate Schatz; illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl (City Lights)

2. Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics ( by Van Morrison (City Lights)

3. The Sellout: A Novel ( by Paul Beatty (FSG)

4. The Buried Giant: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)

5. Dear White People: A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in ( by Justin Simien; illustrated by Ian O’Phelan

6. The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson (Liveright)

7. Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by Judith Schalansky, translated by Christine Lo (Penguin)

8. Men Explain Things to Me: Updated Edition with Two New Essays ( by Rebecca Solnit (Haymarket)

9. The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber (Melville House)

10. The First Bad Man: A Novel by Miranda July (Scribner)


1. The Gunman: Movie Tie-In Edition ( by Jean-Patrick Manchette; translated by James Brook (City Lights)

2. Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco ( by Gary Kamiya (Bloomsbury)

3. Women in Public ( by Elaine Kahn (City Lights Spotlight)

4. Bad Feminist: Essays ( by Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)

5. How to Grow Up: A Memoir ( by Michelle Tea (Plume)

6. Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin)

7. The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine ( by Henry A. Giroux (City Lights)

8. White Girls ( by Hilton Als (McSweeney’s)

9. Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel ( by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead)

10. The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature by Ben Tarnoff (Penguin)









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