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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Jenny Xie & Jennifer S. Cheng
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry

 


 
Daegan Miller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent

from University of Chicago Press



Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin
Goethe Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush St, Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 94108 - Admission Free
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

The Goethe Institut San Francisco in conjunction with City Lights Booksellers and New York Review Books present an evening re-exploring the classic work of German writer Alfred Döblin.

 


  Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui and Meron Hadero
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

 discuss their new anthology

The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

from Abrams Image



Third Man Books @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating new books by Dan Hoy and Abraham Smith


 
David Graeber
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, June 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Bullshit Jobs

from Simon and Schuster



Alexandra Mattraw with Tiff Dressen and Norman Fischer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

small siren 

by Alexandra Mattraw 

published by The Cultural Society


  Tommy Orange
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

There There

published by Alfred Knopf



David Stephen Calonne
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

POSTPONED until Fall 2018

 

 


  Richard Rhodes
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

ENERGY: A Human History

published by Simon and Schuster



Ana Raquel Minian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book (with Aura Bogado)

Undocumented Lives The Untold Story of Mexican Migration

from Harvard University Press


  Zoé Samudzi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation

by William C. Anderson and Zoé Samudzi with a foreword by Mariame Kaba



Glen David Gold in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing Glen David Gold's new memoir

I Will Be Complete

from Alfred Knopf

This event is co-sponsored by Zyzzyva


  Who Will Speak For America?
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Veronica Scott Esposito, Charlie Jane Anders, and Craig Santos Perez