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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Zyzzyva celebrates its 30th Anniversary!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

hosted by Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon

with a special presentation by Octavio Solis


 
An evening with Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

Reading from his new novel

The Up -Down

from Seven Stories Press



The Highway and the Wilderness: Dennis McNally and Jonah Raskin in conversation with Peter Maravelis
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Ca 94133
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

Discussing

On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

by Dennis McNally

&

A Terrible Beauty

by Jonah Raskin


 
ZAP Comics Celebration
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Robert Williams, Victor Moscoso, and Paul Mavrides

discussion moderated by Gary Groth and Ron Turner

 



Andrew Keen in conversation
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the release of his new book

The Internet Is Not The Answer

from Atlantic Monthly Press

 


 
An evening with Joyce Carol Oates
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from her new book

The Sacrifice: A Novel

from Ecco Press



Jill Leovy in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the the subject of her new book

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Published by Spiegel & Grau


 
Carmen Boullosa in conversation with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Texas: The Great Theft

by Carmen Boullosa

translated by Samantha Schnee



T. Geronimo Johnson in conversation with April Sinclair
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel

Welcome to Braggsville

from William Morrow Books


 
An evening with Richard Rhodes
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of his new book

Hell and Good Company:
The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made

from Simon & Schuster



Laurence Rickels in conversation with D. Harlan Wilson of Anti-Oedipus Press and James Reich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of Laurence Rickel's

GERMANY: A Science Fiction

from Anti-Oedipus Press


 
Zack Rogow and Renée Morel on Colette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 5:00 P.M.

discussing

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island
and Other Previously Untranslated Gems

from SUNY Press

 



Ai-jen Poo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

The Age of Dignity:
Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

from The New Press


  Sandip Roy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Don't Let Him Know

from Bloomsbury Publishing



Elaine Kahn reads new poetry
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Women in Public

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 13


  An evening with Paul Beatty
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

in conversation with Oscar Villalon

celebrating the release of

The Sellout

from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux



Nelson George in conversation with Adam Mansbach
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of two new books

The Lost Treasures of R&B

&

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Cult

both by Nelson George


  Viet Thanh Nguyen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Sympathizer

from Grove Press