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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An evening of ghost stories with William T Vollmann
Location: undisclosed, by invitation.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Reading 7:30 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Last Stories and Other Stories

from Viking


  Vikram Chandra
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, The Code of Beauty

from Graywolf Press



Book Party for Thousand Times Broken
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 7:00pm

Celebrating the release of

Thousand Times Broken: Three Books

by Henri Michaux, translated from the French by Gilian Conoley.


 
Book Party for Lenelle Moïse
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Haiti Glass

by Lenelle Moïse

The latest poetry collection in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea!



Laila Lalami
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Moor's Account

from Pantheon Books


 
An evening with Scholastique Mukasonga
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with opening statements by Jill Schoolman (Archipelago Press)

celebrating the release of

Our Lady of the Nile

translated by Melanie Mauthner

published by Archipelago Press



Nayomi Munaweera
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

from St. Martin's Press


  MariNaomi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories'

published jointly by 2D Cloud and Uncivilized Books



An evening with Roxane Gay
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

The Bad Feminist

from Harper Perennial


  Wave Books Party!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 P.M

Hosted by Matthew Zapruder with Garrett Caples, Anthony McCann, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, & Rachel Zucker



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

from Beacon Press


  Richard Kenvin on Surf Craft
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of the new book

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding

from The MIT Press



Book Party for Mylene Fernández-Pintado
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 8. 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

A Corner of the World

Translated by Dick Cluster

Published by City Lights Publishers


 
Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.



James Lenfestey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Seeking the Cave
A Pilgrimage To Cold Mountain

from Milkweed Editions


  Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00P.M.

Hosted by Jennifer De Leon

with Yalitza Ferreras, Erika Martinez, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Blanca Torres



Baffler Party !!!!!!!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Tom Frank and John Summers

celebrating the release of

No Future For You: Salvos from The Baffler

 


  Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Various Locations, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 9, 2014

A week-long celebration of the life and work of one of the twentieth centuries great thinkers

 



Subterranean SF Reading Series presents...Katie Gilmartin's "Blackmail, My Love"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 P.M., Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)

An evening of storytelling delving into the darker side of San Francisco's 1950's Queer Underground