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
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The Event Season continues in September 2018......

City Lights will take a break from events for the months of July and August. We will resume events in September.


 
Gabriela Alemán
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Poso Wells

published by City Lights Books

with special guests Mauro Javier Cardenas and Dick Cluster



Vanessa Hua in conversation with Lydia Kiesling
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept 6, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of A RIVER OF STARS and THE GOLDEN STATE


  R.O. Kwon in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of

The Incendiaries 

from Riverhead Books

in conversation with Oscar Villalon



Ingrid Rojas Contreras
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of her debut novel

Fruit of the Drunken Tree 

from Random House


  The Situationists and May 1968: An Evening with Ken Knabb
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept 13, 2018, 7pm

A discussion exploring the situationists' key influence on the nationwide May 1968 revolt in France



Margaret Randall
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of

Time's Language: Collected Poems

from Wings Press


  Peter Phillips
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Giants: The Global Power Elite

By Peter Phillips

Introduction by William I. Robinson

published by Seven Stories Press



Forrest Gander in conversation with Jonathan Santlofer (moderated by Susan Steinberg)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, 7pm

celebrating two new books:

Be With - by Forrest Gander - from New Directions 

Widower's Notebook - by Jonathan Santlofer - from Penguin 


  Eileen Truax in conversation with Lauren Markham (moderated by Ian Gordon)
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Admission : Public $10.00, Members FREE
Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm

discussing the subject of

We Built the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond

by  Eileen Truax

(from Verso Books)



Preti Taneja
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, 7 pm

reading from her new debut novel

We That Are Young

published by Alfred Knopf


  Léonora Miano
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 7 p.m

City Lights in conjunction with the Cultural Services of the Consul General of France in San Francisco and Seagull Press present

Léonora Miano

in a special appearance



John Sims
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Multi-media conceptual artist, writer and activist visits City Lights to celebrate the release of his video poem chapbook, A Blazing Grace and the AfroDixieRemixes: The San Francisco Session


  Voices of Witness @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7 pm

celebrating the release of

Six By Ten: Stories From Solitary Confinement

published by Haymarket Books 



Walter Mosley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

 John Woman

published by Atlantic Monthly Press


  John Freeman in conversation with Rebecca Solnit
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

celebrating the release of

Freeman's Literary Journal: POWER Issue

published by Grove Press

This event cosponsored by LITQUAKE



Preserving Fire: A meditation on the prose of Philip Lamantia
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Garrett Caples and Friends


  In Situ: Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, and the Situationist Moment
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7 pm

with Donald Nicholson Smith with Anselm Jappe



Toward a Calculus of Transgression: Appreciating Jean Patrick-Manchette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00 pm

Donald Nicholson-Smith and James Brook discuss the life and work of the seminal genre-bending writer


  Juliana Spahr
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7pm

discussing the subject of her new book

De Bois's Telegram : Literary Resistance and State Containment

published by Harvard U. Press



The Residents
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7 pm

signing copies of their new book

The Brickeaters 

published by Feral House


  Adam Hochschild
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays

published by University of California Press



Tim Mohr in conversation with Penelope Houston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Cosponsored by Rock & Roll Book Club of San Francisco in conjunction with City Lights and Algonquin Books

celebrating the release of

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall


  Zyzzyva Election Night Extravaganza
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Oscar Villalon

with Nestor Gomez, Matthew Zapruder, Caille Millner, Dean Rader, Ismail Muhammad, Vanessa Hua, and D.A. Powell



George Albon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Lyric Multiples: Aspiration, Practice, Immanence, Migration

from Nightboat Press


  L.A. Kauffman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance

published by University of California Press

 



Peter Nathaniel Malae in conversation with Alan Soldofsky
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Son of Amity

by Peter Nathaniel Malae - published by Oregon State University Press


  Karen Finley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

(opening statement by Amy Scholder)

celebrating the release of

Grabbing Pussy

by Karen Finley

published by OR Books



Celebrating the life and work of Lucia Berlin
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Emily Bell, Jeff Berlin, Jim Nisbet, and additional special guests


  Daniel Levin Becker on the Oulipo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

All That is Evident is Suspect

published by McSweeney's



Bill Berkson Tribute
Sam Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Since When: A Memoir In Pieces

By Bill Berkson

published by Coffee House Press


  Jeffrey Yang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry and a new book:

Hey Marfa: poems

published by Graywolf Press



Kevin Killian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Fascination: Memoirs

from Semiotexte


  Eric Karpeles on Józef Czapski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Cynthia Haven

celebrating the release of three new books

from New York Review Books



Norma Cole with Steve Dickison : An Omnidawn Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of two new books of poetry

Fate News by Norma Cole and Inside Song by Steve Dickison


  George Lakey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

from Melville House



Chaya Bhuvaneswar
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new book

White Dancing Elephants

from Dzanc Books


  Roman Muradov
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presenting a polyphonic play of interconnected stories

from the new book

Vanishing Act

from Fantagraphics Books



Michael Wall in conversation with Jonathon Keats
Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, San Francisco, CA 94108, admission free, must be 21 and over
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5 p.m.

discussing

Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel