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 2, 2022, 5:30 pm PST

Wave Books @ City Lights with Dara Barrois/Dixon, Laynie Browne, and Renee Gladman

Wave Books and City Lights celebrate new works of poetry: Dara Barrois/Dixon reads from Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina, Laynie Browne reads from Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists, Renee Gladman reads from Plans for Sentences

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