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Insurgent Beatitudes: The History of a Cultural Center

September 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

Continuing its 70th anniversary celebratory programming, City Lights brings together those who are at the heart of its core.

Moderated by David Ulin

with Elaine Katzenberger, Nancy Peters, Amy Scholder, and Paul Yamazaki.

City Lights was founded as a cultural hub, providing space and encouragement for a creative cross-pollination across the arts, as well as the realms of politics, philosophy, and social change. Here’s a chance to hear about our history from some of the folks who’ve made significant contributions over the years, working alongside Lawrence Ferlinghetti and beyond, guiding City Lights into its present and future.

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of nearly twenty books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel Ear to the Ground. His fiction has appeared in Black Clock, The Santa Monica Review, Scoundrel Time, and Zyzzyva, among other publications.

Elaine Katzenberger is the executive director of City Lights and the publisher of City Lights Books.

Nancy Peters is co-owner of City Lights and former executive director and publisher of City Lights Books.

Amy Scholder is a literary editor, documentary filmmaker, and a former editor at City Lights Books where she began her career.

Paul Yamazaki has been a bookseller since 1970. He has been the principal buyer at City Lights Booksellers for more than thirty years.

This event is made possible by support from the City Lights Foundation. To learn more visit: https://citylights.com/foundation/


September 14, 2023
6:00 pm


City Lights Bookstore
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