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
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John James with Henri Cole
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of John James' new collection of poetry

The Milk Hours

published by Milkweed Editions


 
A Celebration of Silvina Ocampo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, December 8th, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

City Lights celebrates the publication of Forgotten Journey and The Promise by Silvina Ocampo, with translators Suzanne Jill Levine, Katie Lateef-Jan & Jessica Powell!



An evening with Kal Spelletich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Catharine Clark

discussing his new project

Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots


  Roy Scranton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

❤Oklahoma !



Terry Tempest Williams
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new book

Erosion: Essays of Undoing

published by Sarah Critchton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux


  Aaron Cohen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday January 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discusses the subject of his new book

Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power

published by the University of Chicago Press



D.S. Marriott
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from selected poetry


  Zyzzyva celebrates their BAY AREA Issue !
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Moderated by Oscar Villalon with Meg Hurtado Bloom, Rita Bullwinkel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Chia-Chia Lin, Kevin Simmonds, and Paul Wilner



Mapping the Bay: with Kim Shuck and friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

poetry and discussion exploring the pathways language takes through land, water, and air


  Gibby Haynes
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

Me and Mr. Cigar

published by Soho Press



David Talbot
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke

from Chronicle/Prizm


  Andre Perry
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new book

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: a collection of essays

published by 2 Dollar Radio



Samuel C. Woolley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth

published by Public Affairs


  Carmen Maria Machado with Esmé Weijun Wang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation and celebrating the release of

Carmen Maria Machado's In The Dream House

published by Graywolf Press



Cutting Up The Century: A Burroughs Birthday Miscellany
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

with Joan Hawkins, Alex Wermer-Colan, Peter Hale, and Jon Longhi


  Elaine Kahn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Romance or The End: poems

published by Soft Skull Press



Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new book

Children of the Land

published by Harper Collins


  Arthur Kleinman
UCSF Parnassus Campus, Lange Room, 530 Parnassus Avenue, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m. (Free to the Public)

discussing the subject of his new book


Howard Eiland
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating two new books

Origin of the German Trauerspiel, by Walter Benjamin, (Tr. Howard Eiland)

and

Notes on Literature, Film, and Jazz, by Howard Eiland, published by Sputen Duyvil

  Dennis Baron
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

What's Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She

Published by Liveright



John Sayles
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, February 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

Yellow Earth

from Haymarket Books


  Megan Fernandes with Sam Sax
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry



Dodie Bellamy and Anthony Huberman in conversation
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Dodie Bellamy Is On Our Mind

Edited by Jeane Gerrity and Anthoby Huberman

published by Semiotex(e) Books, distributed by The MIT Press


  Javad Djavahery
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

My Part of Her

translated by Emma Ramadan, published by Restless Books



Lloyd Kahn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbua Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Slideshow/Talk celebrating the release of

The Half Acre Homestead:46 Years of Building and Gardening

from Shelter Publications


  Shana Redmond
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday March 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson

from Duke University Press



Lisa Robertson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

The Baudelaire Fractal

published by Coach House Books


  Hilary Moore & James Tracy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements

published by City Lights Books



Alexandra Mattraw with Tiff Dressen and Mah Shein Win
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Alexandra Mattraw's new poetry collection

We fell into Weather

from Cultural Society


  Robert Glück
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the new edition of

Margery Kempe

by Robert Glück, introduction by Colm Toibin

published by New York Review Books



Archive 48 Release Party: The Earthly Days of Jose Revueltas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

 Binational publisher Archive 48, dedicated to Mexican and U.S. literature, launches its U.S. wing with the first-ever English translation of an important work by  Jose Revueltas. Join us to celebrate its release. 


  Beth Lisick
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Edie On The Green Screen: A Novel

published by 7.13 Books



Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Mountains Sing

from Workman Publishing Company


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

celebrating the release of two new books from Tess Taylor

Rift Zone:poems and Last West



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

discussing the subject of his new book

Afropessimism

published by Liveright Books / W.W. Norton


  Ainissa Ramirez
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 7:00 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


  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



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