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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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


 
Camille T. Dungy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History

published by W.W. Norton



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