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Lawrence Ferlinghetti discusses his new book of poems

August 20, 2012|By Liesl Bradner
  • Owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti in front of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 2003. His newest book of poems publishes in September.
Owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti in front of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco… (Christina Koci Hernandez/San…)

Activist, poet and painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti, co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco, has written a new book of poems, his first since 2007’s “Poetry as Insurgent Art.”

Titled “Time of Useful Consciousness,” an aeronautical term for the period between the moment you run out of oxygen and the time you cease to be able to function, the new book has been described by the author  as "a fragmented recording of the American stream-of-consciousness, always westward streaming...”  Michael Silverblatt will be interviewing Ferlinghetti on his weekly radio show on KCRW-FM (89.9),  "Bookworm,"  at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. 

The 93-year-old’s life reads like a work of fiction. His father died before he was born and his
mother was committed to an asylum, leaving him to be raised by a French aunt. He served in
 World War II during the Normandy invasion and graduated from Columbia and the Sorbonne before moving west, where he was an integral part of the Beat Generation. Although best known for his 1958 collection of poems, “A Coney Island of the Mind,” he gained notoriety for publishing
Allen Ginsberg’s Howl" in addition to works by Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac,
William S. Burroughs and political books by Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn.

As always, we recommend that you check with bookstores and venues listed below for any event changes/cancellations.

7 p.m. Aug. 21: Lisa Bloom discusses and signs “Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture,” Book Soup

7 p.m. Aug. 21: Gregg Hurwitz celebrates the publication of his new thriller, “The
Survivor,” Diesel Brentwood

7 p.m. Aug. 22: Jake Austen discusses “Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-
Hop,” Eso Won Books 

2:30 p.m. Aug. 23: Renowned Beat generation poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti discusses his upcoming book of poems, "Time of Useful Consciousness," "Bookworm" on KCRW

7 p.m. Aug. 23: Danica McKeller discusses and signs “Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape,” Barnes & Noble at The Americana at Brand

7 p.m. Aug. 24: Dustin Thomason discusses and signs “12.21,” Vroman's

1 p.m. Aug. 25: Ira Fistell signs “Mark Twain: Three Encounters,” Chevalier's

7 p.m. Aug. 27:  L.A.-based author Caroline O’Connell presents a slide show on her book,   "Every Woman's Guide to Romance in Paris," offering her top picks for your Paris trip. Distant Lands 

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