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City Lights @ 70

July 8, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

City Lights celebrates its 70th Year!

Join City Lights Booksellers and Publishers and the City Lights Foundation in celebrating its 70th orbit around the sun! Over the course of the decades, City Lights has served the community in a variety of ways: as America’s very first all paperback bookstore, an enclave for free thought, home to the Beat Generation, beacon for progressive politics and values, and one of the country’s great cultural hubs. As a publisher, City Lights has been at the forefront of discovering and promoting unique new voices. In the words of City Lights Executive Director: “There aren’t many spaces left in our culture that aren’t completely dominated by consumer capitalism—it sucks up every possible bit of air around us. But City Lights embodies an entirely different set of ideals and aspirations. That feels important, like a public service. There’s an integrity associated with this place. Our task is to carry that forward.”

We’ll be featuring historic talks, poetry readings, online events, and much more. The celebrations will run from July through October.

Stay tuned here for a full calendar of events to be posted soon!


July 8, 2023
1:00 pm


City Lights Bookstore
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City Lights
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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