Readings at the Bookstore

City Lights hosts weekly events with authors from across the publishing world. With our store closed until further notice, we're finding new ways to adapt and move our events online. Click on the listings below to learn more, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for regular updates. And please consider supporting our events authors by buying their book from our Bookshop list.

 

 

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Barry Gifford in conversation with Rob Christopher
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PT | 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrates the release of Barry Gifford's

Roy's World: Stories 1973-2020

published by Seven Stories Press


  Eileen Myles
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PT | 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from their new book

For Now

published by Yale University Press



Zoetrope Magazine Fall Issue Celebration
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Thursday, October 1, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

City Lights celebrates the award winning literary periodical's fall issue. Editor Michael Ray and Managing Editor Manjula Martin are joined by several contributors in an afternoon of readings and celebration.


  Patti Smith
A virtual event co-hosted with the Bay Area Book Festival's WOMEN/LIT Series
Thursday, October 8th, 2020, 7:00pm PST / 10:00pm EDT

Musical and literary Icon Patti Smith in an intimate afternoon of reading and music Celebrating the paperback release of YEAR OF THE MONKEY



Saturday, October 10th at 5pm PST/ 8pm EDT
San Francisco, CA: LITQUAKE Literary Festival

  LOGIC BOOKS FESTIVAL
This is a series of virtual events cohosted by City Lights and Gray Area.
Mon Oct 12, Tue Oct 13, Wed Oct 14, 2020, Hours vary according to event

presented by City Lights in conjunction with Gray Area and FSG Originals



FREEMAN'S: Best New Writings on LOVE
This virtual event will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, October 17, 2020, 5PM PST / 8PM EDT

Litquake and City Lights present John Freeman, Robin Coste Lewis, Tommy Orange, and Matt Sumell


  Gary Kamiya with Paul Madonna
This is a virtual event to be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

celebrating their new book

Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City

published by Bloomsbury Books



Third Man Books Night @ City Lights
This virtual event will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

with Robert Gordon, Alison Mosshart, and Shere Renée Thomas

Hosted by Peter Maravelis/City Lights


 
Friday, October 23rd, 5pm PST/ 8pm EDT
Litquake & City Lights Present the Book Launch for Funeral Diva!


20 in 2020: Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY ONE
This is a virtual weekend of events that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EDT

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) with readings by poets in the series


  20 in 2020: Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY TWO
This is a virtual weekend of events that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EDT

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) Readings by poets in the Spot Light Series



Mauro Javier Cárdenas in conversation with Carlos Fonseca
This virtual event will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

reading from his new novel

Aphasia

published by Farrar Straus Giroux


  Maw Shein Win and Nathalie Khankan with Su Hwang and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
This virtual event will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

reading new poetry

presented by Omnidawn Books



Ishmael Reed with Tennessee Reed
This is a virtual event to be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PT | 9:00 p.m. ET

Reading from new poetry

Why The Black Hole Sings The Blues

by Ishmael Reed

Califia Burning: Poems 2012-2019

by Tennessee Reed

published by Dalkey Archive


  Sun Ra's Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 EDT

William Sites in conversation with John Corbett



Derek McCormack and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

A Semiotexte Books Double Bill with two razor-sharp writers of fiction