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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Fall 2017 Events

City Lights will take a break from events

from July 1st until September 7th when the calendar

will resume again


  John Nichols
City Lightas Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America

from Nation Books



Ellen Ullman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology

published by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux


  Jarett Kobek
Location: Offsite, Undisclosed, To Be Announced
Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

will be curating a live action game

in celebration of the release of two new books

The Future Won't Be Long (from Viking)

&

Soft & Cuddly (from Boss Fight Books)



Ryan Gattis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

Safe

published by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux


  Daniel Kane
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Do You Have a Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City

from Columbia University Press



Tongo Eisen-Martin
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Tongo Eisen-Martin celebrates the release of Number 61 in the Pocket Poets Series Heaven Is All Goodbyes published by City Lights Books.


  Once and Future Planet: Plants, Water, and People.
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

with Red Hen Press authors Florencia Ramirez, Pope Brock, and Karen Gettert Shoemaker



Karen Tei Yamashita
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book

Letters to Memory 

from Coffee House Press


  Brontez Purnell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

appearing in person !!!!!

author of

Since I Laid My Burden Down: An uninhibited exploration of growing up gay in 1980s Alabama

from Feminist Press



Francis Ford Coppola
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

a reception and signing celebrating the release of

Live Cinema and Its Techniques

by Francis Ford Coppola

published by Liveright Publishing


  Matthew Zapruder
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Why Poetry

from Ecco Press



Josh Weil
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

The Age of Perpetual Light

from Grove Press


  Zoe Quinn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate

from Public Affairs Books



Scott Esposito in conversation with Micheline Aharonian Marcom
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Doubles

by Scott Esposito

published by Civil Coping Mechanisms


  LOGIC Magazine Release Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Litquake and City Lights present on the occasion of LITQUAKE 2017

A LOGIC MAGAZINE Release Party: SEX ISSUE



Jessica Bruder
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

published by W.W. Norton


  Eileen Myles
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Afterglow (a dog memoir)

from Grove Press



Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Cuban Club: Stories

from Seven Stories Press


 
Tara Jepsen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 7:00PM

Tara Jepsen reading from Like a Dog published by City Lights Books

 


Chris Robé
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

discussing his newly released book

Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas

from PM Press


  Cristina García
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Here In Berlin: A Novel

from Counterpoint Press



Barbara Jane Reyes
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 7th 2017, 7:00PM

Barbara Jane Reyes celebrates City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16, Invocation To Daughters. Reading together with David Brazil.


  Jerome Rothenberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Technicians of the Sacred, Third Edition: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, Revised and Expanded, 50th Anniversary

published by University of California



Daniel Alarcón
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories

published by Riverhead Books


  A.J. Lees on William S. Burroughs
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his newly released book

Mentored By A Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

published by Notting Hill Editions, distributed by New York Review Books



Sam Sax & D.A. Powell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Sam Sax's new poetry collection

MADNESS

published by Penguin Books