Readings at the Bookstore

City Lights has an ongoing series of readings and events, usually at least one or two each week. Our online calendar is updated regularly, but if you want to be sure not to miss out on anything, be sure to sign up for our Events Newsletter to receive weekly updates on what's happening at the bookstore.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and take place at City Lights Bookstore | 261 Columbus Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94133
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Laila Lalami
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Moor's Account

from Pantheon Books


 
An evening with Scholastique Mukasonga
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with opening statements by Jill Schoolman (Archipelago Books)

celebrating the release of

Our Lady of the Nile

translated by Melanie Mauthner

published by Archipelago Books



Nayomi Munaweera
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

from St. Martin's Press


 
Les Claypool & Larry LaLonde celebrate the release of "Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool"
Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

presented by City Lights inconjunction with Akashic Books & Doc's Lab



MariNaomi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories'

published jointly by 2D Cloud and Uncivilized Books


 
An evening with Roxane Gay
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

Bad Feminist

from Harper Perennial



Wave Books Party!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 P.M

Hosted by Matthew Zapruder with Garrett Caples, Anthony McCann, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, & Rachel Zucker


 
Georges Herms
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 2, 2024, 7:00 P.M.

Celebrating the release of

George Herms: The River Book
Published by Hamilton Press



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

from Beacon Press


  Richard Kenvin on Surf Craft
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of the new book

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding

from The MIT Press



Book Party for Mylene Fernández-Pintado
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 8. 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

A Corner of the World

Translated by Dick Cluster

Published by City Lights Publishers


 
Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.



Subterranean SF/Harboiled Fiction with an Edge presents The Litanies of Noir: A Talk Show
Undisclosed Location, by invitation only
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.cocktails, 8:00 p.m.event

hosted by Peter Maravelis (editor of San Francisco Noir)

with guests Eddie Muller, David Talbot, Ben Tarnoff

Music by Mr. Lucky and the Cocktail Party


  Here On The Edge: World War II, Conscientious Objectors on the Oregon Coast, and Seeds of the Sixties
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights in conjunction with LITQUAKE present a discussion with

Steve McQuiddy, Vladimir Dupre, and Steve Dickison (of The Poetry Center at SFSU)



James Lenfestey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Seeking the Cave
A Pilgrimage To Cold Mountain

from Milkweed Editions


  Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00P.M.

Hosted by Jennifer De Leon

with Yalitza Ferreras, Erika Martinez, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Blanca Torres



Baffler Party !!!!!!!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Tom Frank and John Summers

celebrating the release of

No Future For You: Salvos from The Baffler

 


  Gerald Nicosia
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Night Train to Shanghai

from Grizzly Peak Press



The ecstatic writing of Qiu Miaojin: Ari Larissa Heinrich in conversation with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights in conjunction with NYRB Books present an evening of discussion about an uncommon writer


  Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Various Locations, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 9, 2014

A week-long celebration of the life and work of one of the twentieth centuries great thinkers

 



Subterranean SF Reading Series presents...Katie Gilmartin's "Blackmail, My Love"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, Doors 7:30 P.M., Presentation 8:00 P.M., Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)

An evening of storytelling delving into the darker side of San Francisco's 1950's Queer Underground


  Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, and J. Douglas Allen-Taylor



An evening with Nuruddin Farah
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hiding In Plain Sight

from Riverhead Books


  An evening with Ed Piskor
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set

from Fantagraphics



Bill Berkson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new poetry collection

Expect Delays

from Coffee House Press


  James Laughlin Double Feature: A Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 4rth, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights celebrates the release of two new books:

The Collected Poems Of James Laughlin

Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin



On Language and Place: Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Peter Turchi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

Both celebrate new book releases from Trinity University Press


  Michelle Tea (POSTPONED)
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Release Party for

Girl at the Bottom of the Seas

(Event Postponed until Spring 2015)



David Calonne discussing Henry Miller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of a new book about Henry Miller from Reaktion Press