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City Lights Bookstore observes Banned Books Week all month October 5, 2012

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The historic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco has always been at the front of anti-censorship issues. The store/publisher was begun by Peter Martin and Lawrence Ferlinghetti to publish Bay Area writers, including Allen Ginsburg’s controversial  Howl and Other Poems (1956) which sparked a famous obscenity trial. Keep up with happenings at City Lights via their blog http://blogcitylights.com/ . Here’s a great photo of Ferlinghetti and a 1958 display of banned books- long before the ALA designated its Banned Books Week.

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