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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Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

with David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, D.A.  Powell, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Randall Mann, and Roberto Bedoya

  Undocumented Consequences: Life on Both Sides of the Border
Woman's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Saturday, June 22, 2019, Doors 1:00 p.m. Event begins 1:30 p.m.

Beth C. Caldwell and Ana Raquel Minian

discuss the history of undocumented migration from Mexico to the United States

Louise Aronson
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

from Bloomsbury Books

  David Rothenberg in conversation with Elliott Sharp
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Nightingales in Berlin:Searching for the Perfect Sound  from University of Chicago Press

IrRational Music from Terra Nova Books