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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Robert Williams ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Colombus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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celebrating his new book

Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination

published by Fantagraphics


  Melville House @ City Lights ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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Malcolm Harris in conversation with Curtis White, moderated by Jenny Odell



John Gibler ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:00 P.M.

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presents

How a State Lies: Looking at Alternative Models of Impunity

a talk about the ways governments create the illusion of justice while concealing the truth beh


  Wendy Liu ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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discussing the subject of her new book

Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

from Repeater Books



Ilya Kaminsky and Tess Taylor ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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celebrating the release of two new books from Tess Taylor

Rift Zone:poems and Last West


  Peniel E. Joseph ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday April 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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discussing his new book

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

from Basic Books

 



Frank Wilderson III ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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discussing the subject of his new book

Afropessimism

published by Liveright Books / W.W. Norton


  Katherine Silver in conversation with Mauro Javier Cárdenas ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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Carlos Onetti meets Julio Ramón Ribeyro in an evening of discussion between a master translator and an award winning novelist



Maurice Carlos Ruffin ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

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Maurice Carlos Ruffin reading from

We Cast A Shadow

published by One World


  Daniel Denvir ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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discussing the subject of his new book

All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It

published by Verso Books



Alli Warren with Cedar Sigo ----EVENT POSTPONED----
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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celebrating the release of

Little Hill

published by City Lights Books


  Ainissa Ramirez
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

from The MIT Press



Alia Volz in conversation with Paul Yamazaki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday May 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Alia Volz's new book

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco


  Emerson Whitney
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing their new work of prose

Heaven

published by McSweeney's



Karen Tei Yamashita (POSTPONED)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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celebrating the release of her new short fiction collection

Sansei and Sensibility

published by Coffee House Press

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  Margaret Randall in conversation with Garrett Caples
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Margaret Randall's new book

I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary

from Duke University Press



Berkeley Noir with Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of their new crime fiction anthology

Berkeley Noir

published by Akashic Books


  Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of their new book

Killer Apps: War, Media, Machine

published by Duke University Press



Cara Black in conversation with Jacqueline Winspear
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Two masters of crime fiction discussing the writing of fiction that takes place in World War Two Europe.


  Fayette Hauser and Friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

THE COCKETTES

published by Process Books/Feral House



Robert Mailer Anderson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating his new graphic novel

Windows on the World

published by Fantagraphics Books

Co-authored with Zack Anderson and Jon Sack


  Abdellah Taïa
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his newly translated novel

A Country for Dying

translated by Emma Ramadan, published by Seven Stories Press



Jennifer Worley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Book Release Party for

Neon Girls: A Stripper's Education in Protest and Power

from Harper Collins


  Cynthia Kaufman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Colombus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Challenging Power: Democracy and Accountability in a Fractured World

published by Bloomsbury Books



Uche Nduka
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Facing You (City Lights Spotlight Series No. 19)

published by City Lights Books