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
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Justin Chin Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Justin Chin: Selected Works

from Manic D Press


 
Marie Ponsot
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Collected Poems

published by Alfred A Knopf



Jeff Chang
City Lights Booksellers, 2016 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

from Picador Press


 
Micah Ballard and Garrett Caples
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Aveenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry

Micah from Afterlives 

and

Garrett from Power Ballads



Tim Murphy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his critically acclaimed new novel

Christodora

from Grove Press


 
Mel Gordon on the Grand Guignol
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Theatre of Fear and Horror

The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962

from Feral House Press



Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from and discussing his new book

Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer's Awakening

from The New Press


  ZYZZYVA Fall 2016 Issue Celebration
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon

Featuring contributors Christopher Adamson, Heather Altfeld, Ann Cummins, Lori Ostlund, and Austen Leah Rosenfeld



Donna J. Haraway
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

from Duke University Press


  HOT BOOKS Inaugural Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

City Lights celebrates an exciting new publishing venture

Hosted by David Talbot

with Rebecca Gordon, Nicholas Schou, and Alexander Zaitchik



An evening with Masande Ntshanga
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

reading from his acclaimed new novel

The Reactive

from Two Dollar Radio


  Douglas Kearney
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Buck Studies

from Fence Books



Rabih Alameddine
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Angel of History

from Atlantic Monthly Press


  Alexander Maksik
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Tony Marra

celebrating the release of

Shelter in Place

from Europa Editions



The Barnstones @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

A rare evening with the entire Barnstone clan: Aliki, Tony, and Willis. They will be reading excerpts from both new and old poetry and prose.


 
Tuesday, October 11th, 7pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights


Ralph Nader
at City Lights Bookstore
Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm!!!

celebrating the release of

Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think

published by City Lights Books


  An evening with Lidija Dimkovska
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new novel

A Spare Life

published by Two Lines Press



Okey Ndibe
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Never Look An American In The Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American

from Soho Press


  Keramet Reiter
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

from Yale University Press



Molotov Editions Kick-Off Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating the release of new books from

Robert Mailer Anderson and Domenic Stansberry


  An Afternoon of Pre-All Hallows Eve Mischief with Laurence Rickels
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

exploring the the deep recesses of

The Psycho Records

from Wall Flower Press



Lost Profiles: A Parisian Dada Salon
San Francisco, CA: Mechanics' Institute Library
Wednesday, November 9th, 6:00PM

Release Party for Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, by Philippe Soupault, published by City Lights Books. With editor Garett Caples, translator and poet Alan Bernheimer


 
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



David Sax
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

from Public Affairs Books


  devorah major
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book of poetry

and then we became

published by City Lights Books



Michael McClure
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new collection of poetry

Mephistos and Other Poems

from City Lights Books


  Wild Man: A Discussion of the Life and Death of Jack London (1876-1916)
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street @ Washington, 
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with Jonah Raskin, Susan Nuernberg, Geoffrey Dunn and Tarnel Abbott, Jack London's great granddaughter



Eavan Boland with Ari Banias
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating the release of two new books of poetry

both published by W.W. Norton


  John Freeman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Freeman's: Family: The Best New Writing on Family

published by Grove Press



Larry Bogad on Tactical Performance
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

 

 


  Jim Nisbet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the paperback release of

The Syracuse Codex

published by The Overlook Press



Rebecca Solnit
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas

from University of California Press