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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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.

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

 
An evening with Masande Ntshanga
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

reading from his acclaimed new novel

The Reactive

from Two Dollar Radio



LitQuakes Barbary Coast Awards
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
Thursday, October 13th, 8:00PM

honoring

Maxine Hong Kingston, Alejandro Murguía, Jewelle Gomez, Michael Krasny, City Lights' own Paul Yamazaki, Justin Chin, & more.


  WORD/JAZZ with Chinaka Hodge & Friends
Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave San Francisco, CA, 94133 (Admission: $20)
Fri, October 14, 2016 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

with Chinaka Hodge, devorah major, RyanNicole and the Broun Fellinis



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

celebrating the release of

Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think,

published by City Lights Books. Introduced by Matt Gonzalez.


 
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

Co-sponsored by Uncommon Law



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 Wallflower 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
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new collection of poetry

Mephistos and Other Poems

published by City Lights!


  Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute WALKING TOUR
Begins at 3rd and Market Street and ends up at City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 12 Noon, Sign up required, space limited. Sign up at front counter of City Lights

A walking tour celebrating the release of

Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute

Edited by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus



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



Sarah Jaffe
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

from Public Affairs Books