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San Francisco: City Lights Books, birthplace of a literary revolution

The SF staple that launched the Beats continues its grand tradition.

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City Lights might be the most respected bookstore in the world. Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the early 1950s, the store has a grand history in the world of poetry and cultural revolution. We stopped by for a quick history lesson courtesy of City Lights' events director, and we even corralled local hero Daniel Handler--better known as Lemony Snicket--into talking with us about his experiences as a customer.

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