To all the people who’ve been snapping up our Paris travel guides all spring & summer: congrats, hope you had a great time, send us a postcard! To everyone else: yeah, we didn’t get to see the Champs-Élysées in full bloom either. Tough for us. But if there’s anything Reading Rainbow taught us, it’s that you can go anywhere with a good book. Our Paris window is here to help you forget about your lack of travel funds and/or vacation time, ‘cause Marville & Brassai will immerse you in the streets of Paris, while Larousse & Bocuse will help you get a taste of the City of Light, and Toulouse-Lautrec, Bataille, & Sade will get you familiar with its notorious sensual side. At the very least, just buying a book should make you feel a little French, seeing as they’re pretty into that kind of thing over there. Vive le livre!

Complete list/ordering info here.

To all the people who’ve been snapping up our Paris travel guides all spring & summer: congrats, hope you had a great time, send us a postcard! To everyone else: yeah, we didn’t get to see the Champs-Élysées in full bloom either. Tough for us. But if there’s anything Reading Rainbow taught us, it’s that you can go anywhere with a good book. Our Paris window is here to help you forget about your lack of travel funds and/or vacation time, ‘cause Marville & Brassai will immerse you in the streets of Paris, while Larousse & Bocuse will help you get a taste of the City of Light, and Toulouse-Lautrec, Bataille, & Sade will get you familiar with its notorious sensual side. At the very least, just buying a book should make you feel a little French, seeing as they’re pretty into that kind of thing over there. Vive le livre!

Complete list/ordering info here.

It’s Proust’s birhday! Here, he plays the tennis racquet.

It’s Proust’s birhday! Here, he plays the tennis racquet.

Featuring: a gray-haired & maybe unhappily married Harry, Neville with a drinking problem & Quidditch Cup ‘14

Find out what’s new on our shelves this week!

Hot town, summer in the [second] city.

Hot town, summer in the [second] city.

Sleep tight, y’all.

photo by Maria Friberg.

Sleep tight, y’all.

photo by Maria Friberg.

michaelrobbinspoet:

From behind the paywall, the little bark of my wit now lifts her sails

michaelrobbinspoet:

From behind the paywall, the little bark of my wit now lifts her sails

Truman Capote once said that you lose an IQ point for every year you spend on the West Coast. That may or may not be true, but we’d like to counter that by reminding you that you gain smarts with every book you read from that very same region. The Pacific side of the US has brought you the Beats, the noir of Raymond Chandler, the despair-laden fiction of Joan Didion and Bret Easton Ellis, and the indie publishing powerhouse McSweeney’s, among others. So let’s side aside the Capotean snark for a moment and lend our eyes to the best writing from the west.
Complete list of books/ordering info here.

Truman Capote once said that you lose an IQ point for every year you spend on the West Coast. That may or may not be true, but we’d like to counter that by reminding you that you gain smarts with every book you read from that very same region. The Pacific side of the US has brought you the Beats, the noir of Raymond Chandler, the despair-laden fiction of Joan Didion and Bret Easton Ellis, and the indie publishing powerhouse McSweeney’s, among others. So let’s side aside the Capotean snark for a moment and lend our eyes to the best writing from the west.

Complete list of books/ordering info here.

"My mind had slipped back to a Fourth of July when I bought my first package of firecrackers and with it the long pieces of punk which break so easily, the punk that you blow on to get a good red glow, the punk whose smell sticks to your fingers for days and makes you dream of strange things."

Henry Miller in Tropic of Cancer

Cocaine’s a hell of a book…?

Cocaine’s a hell of a book…?

"What color is lunch? Maybe some sort of lipsticky red? (My favorite colors are actually orange and blue.)"
- Frank O’Hara to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1964

citylightsbooks just dropped a 50th anniversary edition of O’Hara’s LUNCH POEMS, complete with postcards, letters, and a cloth cover in Frank’s favorite colors.

On June 28, 1969, police stormed the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, where members of the NYC gay community were known to gather. The riots and protests that ensued - and the activist groups that formed as a result - made the event a watershed moment in the gay liberation moment, and, today, cities worldwide mark the anniversary with Gay Pride celebrations. In recognition of the 45th anniversary of Stonewall, as well as Pride week here in Chicago, we put together a window display of LGBTQ literature, art, and theory.
Complete list/ordering info here.

On June 28, 1969, police stormed the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, where members of the NYC gay community were known to gather. The riots and protests that ensued - and the activist groups that formed as a result - made the event a watershed moment in the gay liberation moment, and, today, cities worldwide mark the anniversary with Gay Pride celebrations. In recognition of the 45th anniversary of Stonewall, as well as Pride week here in Chicago, we put together a window display of LGBTQ literature, art, and theory.

Complete list/ordering info here.