City Lights Bookstore

261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco , CA
(415) 362-8193
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Book Store, Books, Literary
Mon-Sun (10-midnight)
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Renowned for its diverse selections and its fostering of the then little-known Beat Movement in the early fifties, City Lights continues to thrive in a world full of Amazons and Barnes & Nobles. Its success as a publisher of poetry volumes and offbeat writing collections, and its dedication to San Francisco writers has set made City Lights one of the premier Bay Area bookstores for the literary arts community. Although some of the luster has worn with time, local patrons and city visitors remain loyal to City Lights, which still stands as a beacon for the true "alternative" literary scene.


  • City Lights Books Turns 50

    June Events Will Kick off the Celebration
    05/15/2003 by SFS Staff

    From a "poetry dance" & silent auction to a rollicking street party to special evenings with renowned poets, the many festivities celebrating City Lights' 50th Birthday offer something for everyone. C...  More »