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.


Monday, April 3, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Mircea Cărtărescu

City Lights in conjunction with Deep Vellum and the Romanian Cultural Institute present

Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Mauro Javier Cardenas

celebrating the publication of Solenoid by Mircea Cărtărescu (translated by Sean Cotter) Published by Deep Vellum

This event will be both broadcast online and take place inside City Lights Bookstore located at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. Those of you who have registered for a virtual event will still be able to experience it on zoom. Although facial covering is not mandatory for this event, we highly recommend it. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. No registration required for the in-store event, Registration is however required to view the virtual portion of this program.


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