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.

Native American Heritage Month

Events

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Jason McBride on Kathy Acker (in conversation with Neil Gaiman)

Jason McBride in conversation with Neil Gaiman - celebrating the publication of Eat Your Mind: The Radical Life and Work of Kathy Acker - Published by Simon and Schuster

Virtual
Event

Staff Picks

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All of the sections you’ll find in our bookstore are available here for browsing!

Merchandise & Gifts

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