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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Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

an evening of discussion and readings with

Michael McGregor, John Beer, and S.T. Georgiou


 
Jarett Kobek
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

I Hate the Internet: A Useful Novel

published by We Heard You Like Books

with a special appearance by Kevin Killian



Nayomi Munaweera
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

reading from her new novel

What Lies Between Us

from St. Martin's Press


 
Homero Aridjis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Child Poet

published by Archipelago Books

with a special appearance by Chloe Aridjis



Sara Majka and Naomi Williams in conversation with Yiyun Li
City Lights Booksellers. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Sara Majka and Naomi Williams celebrate new releases

co-sponsored by Graywolf Press and A Public Space


 
Ian Brennan on the life and death of music
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts



Joyce Carol Oates
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

The Man Without A Shadow

from Harper/Ecco


  Jack Hirschman with Manhaz Badihian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the releasse of

Like This: The Poems of Rumi

 



Greg Jackson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Prodigals: Stories

published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux


 
Dana Spiotta @ Cafe Zoetrope
Cafe Zoetrope, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, Ca 94133
Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

reading and signing for her new novel

Innocents and Others

published by Scribner



Alex Abramovich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Bullies: A Friendship

published by Henry Holt & Co.


 
Leonard Pitt
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release Party for

My Brain on Fire: Paris and Other Obsessions

published by Soft Skull Press



Shobha Rao
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

An Unrestored Woman

published by Flatiron Books


 
Elizabeth Percer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

All Stories Are Love Stories

from Harper Collins



Douglas Rushkoff
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Discussing his new book

THROWING ROCKS AT THE GOOGLE BUS:

How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

published by Portfolio Books


 
Jonathan Lee In conversation with Colin Winnette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Jonathan Lee's

HIGH DIVE

published by Alfred Knopf

This event is co-sponsored by Electric Literature.



Omar Musa
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Here Come the Dogs: A Novel

published by The New Press


 
Wes "Scoop" Nisker
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday. April 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release Party and Book Signing for

You Are Not Your Fault and Other Revelations

from Soft Skull Press



Tony Serra
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Scaffold: A Treason Death Penalty Trial

published by Grizzly Peak Press


 
Sarah Bakewell @ The Mechanics' Institute Library
Mechanics' Institute Library, 50 Post Street, San Francisco, near Post and Market Streets
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m. (admission - Public: $10.00, Members: Free)

City Lights in conjunction with the Mechanics' Institute Library present

Sarah Bakewell discussing

At the Existentialist Café

published by Other Press

 



Elizabeth Crane in conversation with Eden Lepucki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Elizabeth Crane's new novel

The History of Great Things

from Harper-Perennial


 
Jewelle Gomez
City Lights
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release Party and Celebration for

The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

from City Lights Books. Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Times.



Jonathon Keats on Buckminster Fuller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future

from Oxford University Press


 
Julien Poirier celebrating the release of City Lights Spotlight No. 14
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release party for the new poetry collection

Out of Print

published by City Lights Books



Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00pm
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Release party for The Earth Wants YOU! published by City Lights


  William E. Jones
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the life and times of Boyd McDonald and his infamous journal Straight to Hell

 



Red Hen Press @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 7pm

with Percival Everett, Brynn Saito and Maxine Hong Kingston


  Ali Eteraz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Native Believer

published by Akashic Books



Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing Viet Thanh Nguyen's new book

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

from Harvard University Press


  Margaret Guroff discussing how the bicycle reshaped American Life
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life

from University of Texas Press

Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition



An Appreciation of Ralph J. Gleason: Popular Music's Preeminent Commentator
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

MUSIC IN THE AIR: The Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason

CONVERSATIONS IN JAZZ: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews

both edited by Toby Gleason

publishe


  David Price
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology

from Duke University Press



Chinaka Hodge
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Dated Emcees

published by City Lights Books (Sister Spit Imprint)


  Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with special guest CA Conrad, joined by Kevin Killian, Juliana Spahr, Marianne Morris, & Lara Durback, along with painter Yuh-Shioh Wong, hosted by David Buuck



The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with Stephanie Sauer and Ella Maria Diaz

co-sponsored by San Francisco Art Institute and University of Texas Press


  Rikki Ducornet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

reading from her new novel

Brightfellow

published by Coffee House Press



Indy Press Night featuring Ig Publishing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

with Sean Carswell and Ron Tanner


  Dada World Fair 2016
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 1 through Saturday, November 12, 2016

A 100th anniversary celebration of DADA

with film screenings, installations, lectures, roundtables, and performances