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
For more information, call us at 415-362-8193 | Map & Directions

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Kaya Press 20th Anniversary Celebration
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

with Sesshu Foster, Gene Oishi, Amarnath Ravva, and Shailja Patel


  Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics 40th Anniversary Party
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

join City Lights and JKS faculty and friends in an afternoon celebration



Sixteen Rivers Press @ City Lights
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

with poetry readings by Beverly Burch & Murray Silverstein


  An evening with Tony Serra
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Tony Serra: The Green, Yellow and Purple Years in the Life of a Radical Lawyer from Grizzly Peak Press



Poets in Resistance to Eviction and Removal
International Hotel, Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, 94133
Friday, April 25th, 2014, 6-9pm

Local poets and activists in an evening of poetry and education

with Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, Caroline Calderon, Jack Hirschman , Alan Kaufman, Jenny Lim, and others


  Tess Taylor and DA Powell
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

City Lights in conjunction with Zyzzyva present an evening of poetry

Hosted by Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor, Zyzzyva



An evening with Yanomami spokesperson and shaman Davi Kopenawa
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St San Francisco, CA 94133 - Admission Free
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman from Harvard University Press


  Kate Gale, Douglas Kearney, and Peggy Shumaker
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Reading from new poetry books



Fridays @ Enrico's: A Tribute to Don Carpenter
The Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant) San Francisco, CA 94108
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7:00 P.M. Admission Free, RSVP required

with Peter Coyote, Curt Gentry, Louis B. Jones, Anne Lamott, and Jane Vandenburgh

Hosted by Peter Maravelis/City Lights


  ZYZZYVA's 100th Issue Celebration
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street San Francisco CA 94105
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30 P.M.

ZYZZYVA is thrilled to invite you to join them and City Lights in celebrating their landmark 100th issue!

with Michael Krasny, Daniel Handler, Po Bronson, Robert Hass and more.



Ken Knabb discussing the work of Guy Debord
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating Ken Knabb's new translation of

Society of the Spectacle

by Guy Debord


 
Gabrielle Selz
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the release of her new memoir

Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir of Art and Love in the Age Of Abstraction

from W W Norton



Howard Norman
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Next Life Might Be Kinder

from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


  Chris Felver
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

American Jukebox

from University of Indiana Press



Book Party for Eric Baus
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Tranquilized Tongue

the latest in the City Lights Spotlight Poetry series!


  Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing their new novel

The Silent History

from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux



Peter Orlovsky, a Life in Words: Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

with Bill Morgan, Joanne Kyger, and Michael McClure


  Adam Wilson & Lucy Corin
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Adam Wilson's new short story collection

What's Important Is Feeling

from Harper Perennial



An evening of ghost stories with William T Vollman
Location: undisclosed, by invitation.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Reading 7:30 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Last Stories and Other Stories

from Viking


 
Book Party for Lenelle Moïse
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Haiti Glass

by Lenelle Moïse

The latest poetry collection in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea!



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

with opening statements by Jill Schoolman (Archipelago Press)

celebrating the release of

Our Lady of the Nile

translated by Melanie Mauthner

published by Archipelago Press


 
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.