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


Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Zein El-Amine with James Tracy and Aimee Suzara

City Lights celebrates the publication of Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? by Zein El-Amine published by Radix Media - This event will take place in the main room of City Lights. It was previously scheduled for Kerouac Alley, Note the change, It is free to the public. The wearing of facial covering is highly advised. The event will also be broadcast on Zoom. Register to view the event HERE.


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