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

Posted by mplibrary in Uncategorized.

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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