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
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept 6, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of

A River of Stars

published by Ballentine Books


  R.O. Kwon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of

The Incendiaries 

from Riverhead Books



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 

Widows 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 Build 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



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 


  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' 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



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



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


  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