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 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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Jim Nisbet
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the paperback release of

The Syracuse Codex

published by The Overlook Press


 
Rebecca Solnit
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas

from University of California Press



Ernest Beyl @ Barbary Coast Restaurant
Barbary Coast Restaurant, 478 Green Street San Francisco, CA 94133
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

San Francisco Appetites and Afterthoughts: In Search of the Good Life by the Golden Gate

from Grizzly Peak Press

Event held at the Barbary Coast Restaurant, 478 Green St


 
Sarah Jaffe
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Suzie Cagle discussing

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

from Nation Books

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice



Shakespeare and Company, Paris A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with editor Krista Halverson and guest speakers


  Hettie Jones
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Love, H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones

from Duke University Press



Josh Mohr
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new memoir

Sirens

from Two Dollar Radio


  UNNAMED PRESS SHOWCASE w/ David Lida & Esme Weijun Wang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

One Life by David Lida

and

Border of Paradise by Esme Weijun Wang
 



Anastasia Aukeman on Bruce Connor & The Rat Bastard Protective Association
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenie, San Francisco
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association

published by U.C. Press


  Shanthi Sekaran
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Oscar Villalon

celebrating the release of

Lucky Boy

from G.P. Putnam & Sons



Jon Else
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

True South: Henry Hampton and "Eyes on the Prize," the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement

from Viking Press


  Tim Z. Hernandez
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

All They Will Call You

from University of Arizona Press

with special guests: Margi Dunlap, Connie Ann Mart, and Lance Canales



Yiyun Li
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

published by Random House


  Elif Batuman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new novel

The Idiot

published by Penguin Press



Jim Shepard @ Zoetrope Cafe
Zoetrope Cafe, 916 Kearny St San Francisco, CA 94133 (Admission Free)
Friday, March 24rth, 2017, 3pm

celebrating the release of his new collection of stories

The World to Come

published by Knopf


  Dean Radar
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new collection of poetry

Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry

from Copper Canyon Press