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
For more information, call us at 415-362-8193 | Map & Directions

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Margaret Guroff discussing how the bicycle reshaped American Life
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life

from University of Texas Press

Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition


 
An Appreciation of Ralph J. Gleason: Popular Music's Preeminent Commentator
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Toby Gleason in conversation with Al Young

celebrating the release of

MUSIC IN THE AIR: The Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason

CONVERSATIONS IN JAZZ: The Ralph



David Price
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology

from Duke University Press


 
Ben Ehrenreich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

from Penguin Press



Chinaka Hodge
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Dated Emcees

published by City Lights Books (Sister Spit Imprint). With Tongo Eisen-Martin & RyanNicole.


  Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with special guest CA Conrad, joined by Kevin Killian, Juliana Spahr, Marianne Morris, & Lara Durback, along with painter Yuh-Shioh Wong, hosted by David Buuck



The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with Stephanie Sauer and Ella Maria Diaz

co-sponsored by San Francisco Art Institute and University of Texas Press


  Rikki Ducornet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

reading from her new novel

Brightfellow

published by Coffee House Press



Indy Press Night featuring Ig Publishing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

with Sean Carswell and Ron Tanner


  Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbuis Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Co-hosted by Tamara Cushway and Michael Warr. Reading by numerous poets, TBA



Dada World Fair 2016
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 1 through Saturday, November 12, 2016

A 100th anniversary celebration of DADA

with film screenings, installations, lectures, roundtables, and performances