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.


Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 6:30 pm PST

Sonali Kolhatkar in conversation with Cat Brooks

Presented by KPFA and the Berkeley Public Library City Lights celebrates the publication of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice - by Sonali Kolhatkar - Foreword by: Rinku Sen - Published by City Lights Books


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