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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TJ Demos in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Gopal Dayaneni
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the new book by TJ Demos

Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today

from Sternberg Press


 
Daniel Ellsberg
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Admission $15.00, members $10.00)
Thursday, January 18, 2018, Doors 6:00 p.m. Starrt time 6:30 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

from Bloomsbury Books

TICKETS SOLD OUT! Thank you!



Tribute to the Life and Work of Denis Johnson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Sean San José, Octavio Solis, Vendela Vida, and special guests

celebrating Denis Johnson's final collection of short fiction

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

from Random House


 
Todd Miller in Conversation with José González
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Todd Miller and José González discussing

Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security

from City Lights Books



Jenn Pelly in conversation with Greil Marcus about THE RAINCOATS
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presented by City Lights in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Book Club SF

celebrating a new edition in the 33 & 1/3 series


 
Book Release Party/Exhibit Launch for Doc/Undoc
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94111
Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Book Release Party and Exhibit Launch featuring Felicia Rice, Zachary Watkins, and other contributors



James Janko with Maxine Hong Kingston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of James Janko's

The Clubhouse Thief

published by New Issues Poetry & Prose • Western Michigan University


 
Ransoming Pagan Babies: The Selected Writings of Warren Hinckle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

moderated by Steve Wasserman with J.K. Dineen, Jeanette Etheridge, and Ron Turner



A.J. Lees on William S. Burroughs
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 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


 
Joyce Carol Oates
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new short fiction collection

Beautiful Days

from Harper Collins



Neeli Cherkovski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new collection of poetry

Elegy For My Beat Generation

from Lithic Press

(Hilton Obenzinger will give an opening statement)


 
Robert Aquinas McNally
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

MODOC WAR: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age

from University of Nebraska Press



Release Party for HOWL:The Record Album
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

Concord Music reissues Allen Ginsberg reading HOWL on vinyl


  Shobha Rao
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Book Release Party for

Girls Burn Brighter

published by Flatiron Books



Joseph Lease
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 7. 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new poetry collection

The Body Ghost

from Coffee House Press


  Vegas Tenold
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Everything You Love Will Burn

published by Nation Books



Lynne Tillman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Men and Apparitions: A Novel

from Soft Skull Press


  Christopher Dewees with Jason Dewees
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating

A Life Among Fishes (from ORO Press)

&

Designing with Palms (from Timber Press)



Go Home! A celebration of a new anthology of Asian diasporic writing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Esmé Weijun Wang


  Scarlett Sabet & Janaka Stucky
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading new poetry



Robert Hass / David Koehn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presented by Omnidawn Press


  Matthew Dickman and Emily Strelow
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new works



Songs of Dismantling: Standing as Witness in the 21st Century
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Poets Randall Mann and  Fernando Pérez

read poetry and discuss the poetic experience as a method cultural healing 

moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

 
Zachary Lazar with special guests The Kitchen Sisters
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating his new release

VENGEANCE: a novel

from Catapult Books



Bruce Holbert in conversation with Suzanne Lang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new novel

Whiskey

from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux/MCD


  Kaya Press @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Sesshu Foster and Max Yeh reading from new works



Curtis White
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

LACKING CHARACTER

from Melville House


 
Henri Cole
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit https://www.milibrary.org for more info
Thursday, April 5. 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Orphic Paris

from New York Review Books



Maw Shein Win
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new collection of poetry

Invisible Gifts: Poems

published by Manic D Press


  Kathleen Belew
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

from Harvard University Press



Rita Bullwinkel and Lisa Brown
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Rita Bullwinkel celebrates the release of

Belly Up

from A Strange Object Press


  Michelle Tea
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms

from Feminist Press



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