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17 extraordinary bookstores

By: Anna Norris on Oct. 7, 2013, 4:53 p.m.
Front of City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco

Photo: Catie Leary

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City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

An official historic landmark of San Francisco, City Lights Booksellers has specialized in progressive politics and alternative culture since 1953 when it was founded by Peter D. Martin and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It was the first all-paperback bookstore, but now carries hardcover books — new and rare.