City Lights is a landmark general bookstore, internationally known for our expert selection of titles and our commitment to free intellectual inquiry.

Founded in 1953 as the nation’s first all-paperback bookstore, we now offer both hardcovers and paperbacks from all of the major publishing houses, along with an impressive range of titles from smaller, specialty publishers. Our shop features an extensive selection of poetry, fiction, translations, politics, history, philosophy, music, spirituality, and more, with a staff whose special interests in many fields contribute to the hand-picked quality of what you see on the shelves.

New Releases


Monday, August 22, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Second Stutter - Volume Five - Launch Party

City Lights Live presents Second Stutter Volume Five Launch Party with Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jaime Chavez, Tureeda Mikell, Norma Cole with Adrian Lurssen, Ivan Arguelles, and Eleni Stecopoulos.

Hosted by Solomon Rino


Staff Picks

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