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
For more information, call us at 415-362-8193 | Map & Directions

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Women in Public Book Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Women in Public

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 13


 
Brian Jones Night (Hosted by San Francisco's Rock 'n Roll Book Club)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Richie Unterberger and Maureen Russell



Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

cosponsored by The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University and City Lights Books

poet-translator Pierre Joris
multimedia by Nicole Peyrafitte


 
An evening with Paul Beatty
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

in conversation with Oscar Villalon

celebrating the release of

The Sellout

from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux



Nelson George in conversation with Adam Mansbach
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of two new books

The Lost Treasures of R&B

&

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style

 


 
Caryl Phillips
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Lost Child

from Farrar, Straus, Giroux



Rad American Women A to Z Book Party!
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Saturday, March 28th, 12:30pm

City Lights celebrates the publication of our first kid's book!


 
Marc Olmsted on Allen Ginsberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 5, 2015, 5:00 P.M.

Remembering Allen Ginsberg on the 18th anniversary of his passing as Marc Olmsted discusses the poet with a new book



David Meltzer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook

published by City Lights Books


 
Ryan Gattis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

All Involved (a novel)

published by Ecco Press/Harper Collins



Eli Horowitz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

The New World

co-authored with Chris Adrian

from Farrar Straus & Giroux


 
Viet Thanh Nguyen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Sympathizer

from Grove Press



Amber Tamblyn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book of non-fiction

Dark Sparkler

(Forward by Diane di Prima)

from Harper-Perennial


  Robert Scheer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

in conversation with Mark Rumold, Electronic Frontier Foundation

discussing his new book

They Know Everything About You:
How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Des



Keith P. Feldman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing his new book

A Shadow over Palestine:
The Imperial Life of Race in America

from University of Minnesota Press


  Emily Schultz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Blondes

from St. Martins Press

with a special appearance by Ruth Galm and Rachel Khong

Hosted by Kara Levy, San Francisco editor of Joyland Magazine



Greg Proops
3rd Floor McRroskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market Street, (at Gough Street), San Francisco
Thursday, May 21, 2015, Doors 6:30, Event 7:00 P.M.

City Lights and The Green Arcade present

Greg Proops

celebrating his new book

The Smartest Book In The World

from Simon & Schuster


  Stephen Kessler
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of three new books:

Where Was I?

Need I Say More?

and

Forbidden Pleasures



Red Hen Press @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Ron Carlson, Dean Kostos and Amy Uyematsu reading from their poetry