Readings at the Bookstore

City Lights has an ongoing series of readings and events, usually at least one or two each week during the Winter, Spring, and Fall. 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 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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John Freeman in conversation with Jaime Cortez and Rebecca Solnit
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

celebrating the release of

Freeman's Literary Journal: POWER Issue

published by Grove Press

This event cosponsored by LITQUAKE


 
Preserving Fire: A meditation on the prose of Philip Lamantia
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Garrett Caples, Will Alexander, Micah Ballard, James Brook, Chris Carosi, Steve Fama, Brian Lucas, Nancy Joyce Peters, & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux



In Situ: Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, and the Situationist Moment
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7 pm

with Donald Nicholson-Smith with Anselm Jappe


 
V Vale and Mindaugis Bagdon in conversation with Peter Maravelis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

on

William S. Burroughs'

"The Revised Boy Scout Manual" An Electronic Revolution

published by Ohio State University Press



Toward a Calculus of Transgression: Appreciating Jean-Patrick Manchette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00 pm

Donald Nicholson-Smith and James Brook discuss the life and work of the seminal genre-bending writer


  Juliana Spahr
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7pm

discussing the subject of her new book

Du Bois's Telegram : Literary Resistance and State Containment

published by Harvard U. Press



The Residents
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7 pm

signing copies of their new book

The Brickeaters 

published by Feral House


  Adam Hochschild
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays

published by University of California Press



Tim Mohr in conversation with Penelope Houston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Cosponsored by Rock 'n Roll Book Club of San Francisco in conjunction with City Lights and Algonquin Books

celebrating the release of

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall


  Election Night with ZYZZYVA
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by Oscar Villalon

with Nestor Gomez, Matthew Zapruder, Caille Millner, Dean Rader, Ismail Muhammad, Vanessa Hua, and D.A. Powell



George Albon in conversation with Maxwell Shanley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Lyric Multiples: Aspiration, Practice, Immanence, Migration

from Nightboat Press


  L.A. Kauffman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance

published by University of California Press

 



Peter Nathaniel Malae in conversation with Alan Soldofsky
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Son of Amity

by Peter Nathaniel Malae - published by Oregon State University Press


  Karen Finley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Grabbing Pussy

by Karen Finley

published by OR Books



Celebrating the life and work of Lucia Berlin
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with David Berlin, Lydia Kiesling, Rachel Khong, Jim Nisbet, and Robin Sloan


  Daniel Levin Becker on the Oulipo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

All That is Evident is Suspect

published by McSweeney's



Bill Berkson Tribute
San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Since When: A Memoir In Pieces

By Bill Berkson

published by Coffee House Press


  Jeffrey Yang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry and a new book:

Hey Marfa: poems

published by Graywolf Press



Kevin Killian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Fascination: Memoirs

from Semiotexte


  Eric Karpeles on Józef Czapski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Cynthia Haven

celebrating the release of three new books

from New York Review Books



Norma Cole with Steve Dickison: An Omnidawn Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of two new books of poetry

Fate News by Norma Cole and Inside Song by Steve Dickison


  George Lakey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

from Melville House



Chaya Bhuvaneswar in conversation with Louise Aronson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating Chaya Bhuvaneswar's new book

White Dancing Elephants

from Dzanc Books

co-sponsored by UCSF Medical Humanities and City Lights


  Roman Muradov
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presenting a polyphonic play of interconnected stories

from the new book

Vanishing Act

from Fantagraphics Books



Marcia Douglas: Natural Herstory Remix
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

published by New Directions Books


  Michael Wall in conversation with Jonathon Keats
Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, San Francisco, CA 94108, admission free, must be 21 and over
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5 p.m.

discussing

Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel



Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore