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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Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Various Locations, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 9, 2014

A week-long celebration of the life and work of one of the twentieth centuries great thinkers

 


 
Radio Free Benjamin
San Francisco Art Institute, 899 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 12 noon

An an interactive art installation, a radio show, a seance, and catalog of ideas

with Lecia Rosenthal

celebration the release of

Radio Benjamin

from Verso Books



The Banned Book Book Club: City Lights Edition
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

The Redar Reading Series brings its roving Banned Book Book Club to City Lights !


 
Subterranean SF Reading Series presents...Katie Gilmartin's "Blackmail, My Love"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, Doors 7:30 P.M., Presentation 8:00 P.M., Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)

An evening of storytelling delving into the darker side of San Francisco's 1950's Queer Underground



Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, and J. Douglas Allen-Taylor


 
An evening with Nuruddin Farah
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hiding In Plain Sight

from Riverhead Books



An evening with Ed Piskor
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set

from Fantagraphics


 
Book Party for John Coletti: Tuesday, November 25, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books

Celebrating the release of

Deep Code

No. 12 in the City Lights Spotlight Series!



Bill Berkson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new poetry collection

Expect Delays

from Coffee House Press


  James Laughlin Double Feature: A Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 4rth, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights celebrates the release of two new books:

The Collected Poems Of James Laughlin

Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin



On Language and Place: Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Peter Turchi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

Both celebrate new book releases from Trinity University Press


  An evening with Peter Dale Scott
City Lights Booksellers , 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Discussing the subject of his new book

The American Deep State Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy

from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers



A Voice From the Underworld: Crime, Labor, Power, and the end of the Barbary Coast
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus, Pat Kadyk, Chris Carlson, and a special performance by Hazy Loper


  David Calonne discussing Henry Miller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of a new book about Henry Miller from Reaktion Press