This past summer, Andrew and I went on a short holiday to San Francisco. Because we’re interested in things of the literary sort, of course we had to visit City Lights Books, which is owned and established by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (who turned 100 years old in 2019). Have you heard of the Beat Generation, or Beat Poets? This bookstore and independent publishing house was very important in that movement. It’s probably one of the most famous bookstores in the world.
And what did we see inside this legendary bookstore? MIRIAM TOEWS BOOKS!
Even though I know her books are found everywhere, it’s still a thrill to find such a collection of them in a place such as this.
But my little travelogue tour of the Beats in San Fran is not limited to City Lights Books. Nearby, there’s a Beat Museum, which we ambled through. Actually, to be honest, I didn’t see the majority of the collection. I was transfixed by this display:
“Someday someone will write about them.”
I love that.
Then we continued to follow the path of the writers and stopped for refreshment across the street at the nearby Vesuvio, where famous Beat writers hung out back in the day.
Other writerly pursuits included noticing this plaque honouring Robert Louis Stevenson, which we walked by every day:
We also frequently passed Dashiell Hammett’s street.
And there you have it: a little literary stroll through San Francisco… including admiring the many books by Miriam Toews that you may find when you step into City Lights Books!