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

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No events in July or August at the store
event calendar resumes in September

fall author appearances will include Susan Steinberg, Matthew Zapruder, Janaka Stucky, Isabel Tree, Mickey Huff, John Freeman, and more...


  Mark Arax in conversation with Kit Rachlis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

THE DREAMT LAND:
Chasing Water and Dust Across California

published by Alfred Knopf

This event cosponsored by California Sunday Magazine



Daniel Handler as Daniel Handler
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

Bottle Grove

published by Bloomsbury Books


  Re/Search celebrates the release of Issue 19: UNDERGROUND LIVING
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

with V Vale and Rudy Rucker



Susan Steinberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her debut novel

Machine

published by Graywolf Press


  Jairus Grove in conversation with David Goldberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of

Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World

from Duke University Press



Dobby Gibson & Matthew Zapruder reading new poetry
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Father's Day - by Matthew Zapruder

Little Glass Planet - by Dobby Gibson


  Anna Merlan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her recently released book

Republic of Lies:American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power

from Metropolitan Books



Janaka Stucky
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new book

Ascend Ascend

from Third Man Books


 
Nolan Hidgon & Mickey Huff
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of their new book

United States of Distraction:
Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It)

published by City Lights Books



Isabella Tree
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, September 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Wilding:Returning Nature to Our Farm

from New York Review Books


  Catherine Flynn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book

James Joyce and the Matter of Paris

published by Cambridge University Press



John Freeman and Friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenus, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of the latest issue of Freeman's

Freeman's: California

published by Grove Press


  Maxim Osipov
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Reading excerpts from the new translation of his short fiction collection

Rock, Paper, Scissors and other stories

published by NYRB Classic Originals



Ian Brennan in conversation with David Harrington
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Ian Brennan's new book

Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth

published by PM Press


  Ian Haney López in conversation with Eva Paterson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America

published by The New Press



Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society - Litquake 2019
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

with John Law and friends


  Jeanette Winterson - Litquake 2019
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

in a special performance and booksigning

for her new book

Frankissstein

published by Grove Atlantic Press



LOGIC MAGAZINE: print/ops - Litquake 2019
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

a roudtable about technology

 


  The Velvet Underground Experience - Litquake 2019
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Hat & Beard Press, the San Francisco Rock & Roll Book Club, and Litquake present an evening about The Velvet Underground



Gillian Conoley and Donna de la Perrière
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry


  Benedicte Maurseth in conversation with David Rothenberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussiing the subject of

To Be Nothing: Conversations with Knut Hamre, Hardanger Fiddle Master

published by Terra Nova Press/The MIT Press



Jarett Kobek
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new novel

Only Americans Burn in Hell

published by We've Heard You Like Books


  Ramesh Srinivasan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow

Published by The MIT Press



Inside the Magnetic Fields:Surrealism @ 100
San Francisco and Berkeley, California
Tuesday November 5 through Wednesday November 20

A festival of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the emergence of Surrealism


  Savannah Shange
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco

from Duke University Press



Sunday, December 8th, 5pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights

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