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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Stars Seen in Person: A Tribute to John Wieners
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Garrett Caples, Michael Seth Stewart, and friends

celebrating the release of John Wieners' Selected Journals, published by City Lights


 
Best Kept Secrets: The Fiction of Lucia Berlin
Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, (cross street Grant Ave.) Admission Free)
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 6:30 P.M.

Opening statement by Stephen Emerson, with readings by Gloria Frym, Barry Gifford, August Kleinzahler, Jim Nisbet, and Michael Wolfe.



Subterranean SF Reading Series presents Vu Tran's Dragonfish
Undisclosed location, by invitation only, black envelopes available at City Lights 8/31
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An evening of adrenaline fueled storytelling


 
Joseph Matthews
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new novel

Everyone Has Their Reasons

from PM Press



Ayize Jama-Everett
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of two new books

The Entropy of Bones

&

The Liminal War

both from Small Beer Press


 
Leonard Gardner in conversation with Eddie Muller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the re-release of the noir classic

Fat City

published by NYRB Books



Kristina Rizga
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Mission High:
One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph

from Nation Books


 
Ben Hedin & Radio Silence Magazine
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

Ben Hedin

reads from and discusses

In Search of the Movement

published by City Lights.



Mel Gordon
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco, by invitation only, Invites become available 9/8/2015 at City Light
Thursday, September 24, 2015, Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World of Paris, 1920-1946

from Feral House


  Gillian Conoley, Lisa Fishman and Richard Meier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Cokumbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 7. 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from new poetry



Thurd Man Books @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Sampson Starkweather, Paige Taggart, Janaka Stucky, and master of ceremonies Chet Weise


 
John Freeman in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, October 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating John Freeman's new literary venture

Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival

from Grove Press

 



Lawrence Ferlinghtti
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of his new book

Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013

from Liveright Books/W.W. Norton


  Eileen Myles
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014

from Ecco/HarperCollins



Matt Bell returns to City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbua Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new novel

Scrapper

from Soho Press


  Tony & Willis Barnstone
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from new works



David Talbot
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing his new work

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

from HarperCollins