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.

Events

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 6:00 pm PST

Ashleigh Greene Wade/Black Girl Autopoetics

Ashleigh Greene Wade in conversation with Dr. Janice Johnson Dias City Lights and Duke University Press celebrate the publication of Black Girl Autopoetics: Agency in Everyday Digital Practice - By Ashleigh Greene Wade - Published by Duke University Press

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