Readings at the Bookstore

City Lights regularly hosts events with authors from across the publishing world. Since we can't accommodate a lot of folks in the bookstore, we've launched the City Lights LIVE! Virtual Events Series.  Click on the listings below to learn more, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for regular updates. 

 

 

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Marie Mutsuki Mockett in conversation with Garnette Cadogan
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing Marie Mutsuki Mockett's new book

American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

published by Graywolf Press


 
Mira Sethi in conversation with Miranda Popkey
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from her new fiction collection

Are You Enjoying?

published by Alfred Knopf



Sesshu Foster & Arturo Ernesto Romo in conversation with Carribean Fragoza
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the book launch of

ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines

published by City Lights Books


 
Carribean Fragoza in conversation with Héctor Tobar
Wed, April 28th 6:00pm PT / 9:00pm ET

celebrating the launch of her new book

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You

published by City Lights Books



Kate Crawford in conversation with Trevor Paglen
This is a virtual event being hosted by Gray Area in San Francisco. See event link for more info.
Friday, April 30, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern

celebrating the launch of Kate Crawford's new book

ATLAS of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence

published by Yale University Press


  Mary Beth Meehan with Fred Turner
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Monday, May 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 ET

launch party for the new book

Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America

published by University of Chicago Press



Erica Hunt and Michael Palmer
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from new works

Jump The Clock by Erica Hunt

Little Elegies for Sister Satan by Michael Palmer


  Kate Durbin and Alex Dimitrov
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

Kate Durbin reading from HOARDERS published by Wave Books

Alex Dimitrov reading from Love & Other Poems published by Copper Canyon Press



Mule Kick Blues Book Release with Anne Waldman, Eileen Myles, and Garrett Caples
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, May 8th, 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET

Book Launch for

Mule Kick Blues: And Last Poems

The last book by Michael McClure

with Anne WaldmanEileen Myles, and Garrett Caples


Michael McClure Memorial Tribute
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Sunday, May 9th, 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET

A memorial tribute to 

Michael McClure

with readings and remembrances with many special guests!


  Francisco Goldman in conversation with Valeria Luiselli
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing his new book

Monkey Boy: a novel

published by Grove Atlantic Press



Aminatta Forna in conversation with Eula Biss
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

Aminatta Forna discusses her new book

The Window Seat: Notes From a Life In Motion

published by Grove Press


  Sarah Schulman in conversation with Marc Stein
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Monday, May 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern

discussing

Let The Record Show: A Political History of Act Up New York, 1987-1993

presented by City Lights in conjunction with the GLBT Historical Society and Farrar Straus Giroux



Cynthia Kaufman in conversation with Francesca Caparas
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing Cynthia Kaufman's new book

The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook

published by PM Press


  Nathaniel Mackey
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of his new poetry collection

DOUBLE TRIO

published by New Directions



Joel Harrison with Henry Kaiser and Nels Cline
This is a virtual event that City Lights will host on a platform to be announced.
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 3:00 p.m. Pacific / 6:00 p.m. Eastern

celebrating the book launch for

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

from Terra Nova Press/The MIT Press


  New Directions @ 85: The Anniversary Celebration
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

with Forrest Gander as MC and special guests Barbara Epler, Declan Spring, and other surprise guests



Chet'la Sebree
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern

reading from and discussing

FIELD STUDY

published by FSG Originals


  David Talbot and Margaret Talbot
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern

celebrating the launch of their new book

By The Light Of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution

published by Harper Collins



Carol Anderson in conversation with Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 5pm PT / 8pm ET

discussing

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

published by Bloomsbury Books


  Laura Raicovich in conversation with Malkia Devich-Cyril
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET

discussing her new book

CULTURE STRIKE: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

published by Verso Books



Black Ocean @ City Lights
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, June 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET

with Carrie Olivia Adams, Zachary Schomburg, Hedgie Choi, and Nathan Hoks


  Benjamin Hedin
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from his new novel

Under The Spell

published by Northwestern University Press



Doug Henderson in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern

discussing

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club

published by University of Iowa Press


  The Nature of Drugs: The Pioneering Legacy of Alexander Shulgin
This is a virtual symposium which will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday June 26 and Sunday June 27, 2021

Presented by City Lights in conjunction with Transform Press and Synergetic Press



Kate Zambreno in conversation with T Fleischmann
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:00 pm PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

discussing

To Write as if Already Dead

published by Columbia University Press


  Dana Spiotta
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, July 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from her new novel

Wayward

published by Alfred Knopf



Omar El Akkad
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from his new novel

What Strange Paradise

published by Alfred Knopf


  Matthew Specktor in conversation with Adam Pfahler
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 ET

discussing

Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California

published by Tin House



Rupa Marya and Raj Patel
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of their new book

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

published by Farrar Strauss Giroux


  Brian Evenson
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from

The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell

published by Coffee House Press



Marc Ribot in conversation with Elliott Sharp
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday August 7, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Pacific , 3:00 p.m. Eastern

celebrating the launch of Mark Ribot's new book

Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist

published by Akashic Books


  Jaime Cortez in conversation with Rebecca Solnit
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating Jaime Cortez's debut short fiction collection

Gordo

published by Grove Atlantic



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz in conversation with Alejandro Murguía
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's

Not A Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

published by Beacon Press