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

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Ukrainian Writers Speak!

City Lights and Deep Vellum Books present Ali Kinsella and Zenia Tompkins celebrating the publication of Love in Defiance of Pain: Ukrainian Stories, edited by Ali Kinsella, Zenia Tompkins, and Ross Ufberg, published by Deep Vellum

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We will be rescheduling this event for the Fall of 2022. We'll announce the new date here.  

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