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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James Nolan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy

from University Press of Mississippi


  WHOSE TECHNOLOGY? Protest, Resistance, and the Reshaping of the Global Village
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Finn Brunton in conversation with Ramesh Srinivasan as moderated by Shahid Buttar (Electronic Frontier Foundation)



Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, and friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Writers Who Love Too Much

Edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian

Published by Nightboat Books


 
Gordon Ball
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new short story collection

On Tokyo's Edge

from Red Mountain Press



The Worlds of João Gilberto Noll: Adam Morris in discussion with CJ Evans
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Atlantic Hotel

by João Gilberto Noll (translated by Adam Morris)


 
China Miéville
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

from Verso Books



David Brazil with Julien Poirier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

David Brazil celebrates the release of

Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight #15)

published by City Lights Books


 
Madison Smartt Bell
READS at CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE!
THURSDAY, MAY 25TH AT 7pm

celebrating the release of

Behind the Moon

published by City Lights Books



Jess Arndt
City Lights Bookjsellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her short fiction debut

Large Animals

Published by Catapult Press

 


  Laleh Khadivi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Micheline Aharonian Marcom  

celebrating the release of

A Good Country

By Laleh Khadivi

from Bloomsbury Publishing



Mark Hull
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, June 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Impostor

co-authored by Mark Hull and Vera Moynes

from University of Oklahoma Press

 


  Exist Otherwise The Life and Works of Claude Cahun
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Jennifer L. Shaw in conversation with Kit Schluter



Alex Dimitrov and Randall Mann
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry


  Kit Schluter in conversation with Garrett Caples
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Coluymbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

exploring the work of Marcel Schwob

on the occasion of the release of

The King in the Golden Mask

by Marcel Schwob, (translated bt Kit Schluter)

Published by Wakefield Press



Achy Obejas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new short story collection

The Tower of the Antilles

from Akashic Books


 
Melvin Goodman
READS at CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE!
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence

Published by City Lights Books



Sophie Calle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Ars Citizen in conjunction with City Lights

celebrate the release of

Rachel Monique

published by by Editions Xavier Barral


 
Dream Colonies, Painterlands, and the Intersection of Curating with Creation: Bruce Conner meets Walter Hopps
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Anastasia Aukeman in discussion with Deborah Treisman, moderated by Paul Yamazaki