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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Oliver Nachtwey in conversation with Adrian Daub
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Oliver Nachtwey's new book

Germany's Hidden Crisis

from Verso Books

copresented with the Goethe Institut


 
Damon Krukowski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Ways of Hearing

published by MIT Press



Darius James
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 21, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the eagerly awaited re-release of his seminal novel

Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

published by New York Review Books


 
Arcana: A Tribute to Stephen Jonas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, Brian Lucas, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Micah Ballard, and Sophia Dahlin

celebrating the release of

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader

published by City Lights Books



Ed Bok Lee
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Mitochondrial Night: Poems

from Coffee House Press


  Neda Atanasoski in conversation with Kalindi Vora
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of their new book

Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures

published by Duke University Press



Grace Schulman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her book

Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage

published by Turtle Point Press


 
Foucault in California
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Heather Dundas in conversation with David Wade



Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Southern Nights Trilogy: Night People, Arise and Walk, Baby Cat Face

from Seven Stories Press


  Chia-Chia Lin in conversation with D. Wystan Owen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new novel

The Unpassing

published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Andrew Ross
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel

published by Verso Books


  ZYZZYVA's Art Issue Celebration
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon

with Cate Lycurgus, Dean Rader, Jordan Kantor, Rusty Morrison, and Mira Rosenthal



Jo Lendle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

reading from and speaking about

All the Land

published by Seagull Books

copresented by Goethe Institut San Francisco


  Saskia Vogel
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new novel

Permission

published by Coach House Books



Namwali Serpell in conversation with Ismail Muhammad
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from and discussing her new novel

The Old Drift

from Hogarth Books


  Max Porter
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Lanny: a novel

from Graywolf Press



Edmund Berrigan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:00PM

reading from his new book poems

More Gone

Volume 18 in the City Lights Spotlight Series


 
Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm
Independence, Kansas: William Inge Theatre


Finn Brunton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency

from Princeton University Press


  Allan Peterson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading poetry from

This Luminous: New and Selected Poems

from Panhandler Books



Erik Davis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies

from MIT Press


  Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

with David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, D.A.  Powell, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Randall Mann, and Roberto Bedoya



Louise Aronson
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

from Bloomsbury Books


  David Rothenberg in conversation with Elliot Sharp
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Nightingales in Berlin:Searching for the Perfect Sound  from University of Chicago Press

IrRational Music from Terra Nova Books



Thursday, August 22nd, 7pm
New York, NY: McNally Jackson Booksellers