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


Saturday, December 3, 2022, 11:00 am PST

The Media and Us: Critical Media Literacy and Engaged Politics

City Lights in conjunction with Project Censored and the Media Revolution Collective present The Media and Us: Critical Media Literacy and Engaged Politics a day-long symposium style event comprised of seven sessions aimed to explore critical media literacy. With Nicholas Baham III, Ben Boyington, Allison Butler, Nolan Higdon, Kate Horgan, Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth, and Reina Robinson and Maria Cecilia Soto.  Admission to all sessions is free. Registration is required. Visit the event listing for registration info.


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