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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Andre Perry in conversation with Colin Winnette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating Andre Perry's new book

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: a collection of essays

published by Two Dollar Radio


  Samuel C. Woolley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth

published by Public Affairs



Carmen Maria Machado with Esmé Weijun Wang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation and celebrating the release of

Carmen Maria Machado's In the Dream House: A Memoir

published by Graywolf Press


  Cutting Up The Century: A Burroughs Birthday Miscellany
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

with Joan Hawkins, Alex Wermer-Colan, Peter Hale, and Jon Longhi



Elaine Kahn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new book

Romance or The End: poems

published by Soft Skull Press


  Marcelo Hernandez Castillo in conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating Marcelo Hernandez Castillo's new book

Children of the Land

published by HarperCollins



Arthur Kleinman
UCSF Parnassus Campus, Lange Room, 530 Parnassus Avenue, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m. (Free to the Public)

discussing the subject of his new book

  Harlem of The West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco (Admission $15, Members Free)
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

with writer Elizabeth Pepin Silva and photographer Lewis Watts



Howard Eiland
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating two new books

Origin of the German Trauerspiel, by Walter Benjamin, (Tr. Howard Eiland)

and

Notes on Literature, Film, and Jazz, by Howard Eiland, published by Spuyten Duyvil

  Dennis Baron
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

Published by Liveright



William T. Vollmann
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

The Lucky Star: A Novel

published by Viking/Penguin


  John Sayles
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, February 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

Yellow Earth

from Haymarket Books



Megan Fernandes with Sam Sax, Jay Deshpande, and Kai Carlson-Wee
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating Megan Fernandes' new collection of poetry

Good Boys 

published by Tin House Books


  Dodie Bellamy and Anthony Huberman in conversation
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind

Edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Anthony Huberman

published by Semiotext(e) Books, distributed by The MIT Press



Javad Djavahery
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

My Part of Her

translated by Emma Ramadan, published by Restless Books


  Lloyd Kahn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbua Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Slideshow/Talk celebrating the release of

The Half Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening

from Shelter Publications



Nomadic Press @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

with Tureeda Mikell, Josiah Luis Alderete, Ayodele Nzinga, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Genny Lim, James Cagney, Dr. James P. (Jimmy) Garrett, music by Azuah


  Shana Redmond
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday March 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson

from Duke University Press



William J. Drummond
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Prison Truth: The Story of the San Quentin News

from University of California Press


  Lisa Robertson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

The Baudelaire Fractal

published by Coach House Books



Chris Carlsson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories

from Pluto Press


 
Hilary Moore & James Tracy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements

published by City Lights Books



Alexandra Mattraw with Tiff Dressen and Maw Shein Win
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Alexandra Mattraw's new poetry collection

We fell into Weather

from Cultural Society


  Robert Glück in conversation with Brandon Brown
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the new edition of

Margery Kempe

by Robert Glück, introduction by Colm Tóibín

published by New York Review Books



Archive 48 Release Party: The Earthly Days of Jose Revueltas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Binational publisher Archive 48, dedicated to Mexican and U.S. literature, launches its U.S. wing with the first-ever English translation of an important work by José Revueltas. Join us to celebrate its release. 


  Beth Lisick
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Edie On The Green Screen: A Novel

published by 7.13 Books



Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai in conversation with Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Mountains Sing

from Workman Publishing Company


  Fayette Hauser and Friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

THE COCKETTES

published by Process Books/Feral House



Robert Williams
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Colombus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating his new book

Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination

published by Fantagraphics


  Melville House @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Malcolm Harris in conversation with Curtis White, moderated by Jenny Odell



Wendy Liu
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

from Repeater Books


  Ilya Kaminsky and Tess Taylor
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of two new books from Tess Taylor

Rift Zone:poems and Last West



Peniel E. Joseph in conversation with Dr. Waldo E. Martin Jr.
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday April 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

from Basic Books

 


  Frank Wilderson III
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Afropessimism

published by Liveright Books / W.W. Norton



Maurice Carlos Ruffin in conversation with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin reading from

We Cast A Shadow

published by One World


  Daniel Denvir
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It

published by Verso Books



Alli Warren
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Little Hill

published by City Lights Books


  Robert Mailer Anderson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating his new graphic novel

Windows on the World

published by Fantagraphics Books

Co-authored with Zack Anderson and Jon Sack



Ainissa Ramirez
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

from The MIT Press


  Alia Volz in conversation with Paul Yamazaki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San francisco
Tuesday May 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Alia Volz's new book

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco



Karen Tei Yamashita
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new short fiction collection

Sansei and Sensibility

published by Coffee House Press


  Margaret Randall in conversation with Garrett Caples
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Margaret Randall's new book

I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary

from Duke University Press



Berkeley Noir with Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of the the new crime fiction anthology

Berkeley Noir

published by Akashic Books


  Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of their new book

Killer Apps: War, Media, Machine

published by Duke University Press



Jennifer Worley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Book Release Party for

Neon Girls: A Stripper's Education in Protest and Power

from Harper Collins


 
Uche Nduka
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Facing You (City Lights Spotlight Series No. 19

published by City Lights Books