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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Andrew Keen in conversation with Robin Sloan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the release of Andrew Keen's new book

The Internet Is Not The Answer

from Atlantic Monthly Press

 


 
An evening with Joyce Carol Oates
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from her new book

The Sacrifice: A Novel

from Ecco Press



Jill Leovy in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the the subject of her new book

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Published by Spiegel & Grau


 
Carmen Boullosa in conversation with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Texas: The Great Theft

by Carmen Boullosa

translated by Samantha Schnee



T. Geronimo Johnson in conversation with April Sinclair
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel

Welcome to Braggsville

from William Morrow Books


 
An evening with Richard Rhodes
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of his new book

Hell and Good Company:
The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made

from Simon & Schuster



Laurence Rickels in conversation with James Reich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of Laurence Rickel's

GERMANY: A Science Fiction

from Anti-Oedipus Press


 
Zack Rogow and Renée Morel on Colette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 5:00 P.M.

discussing

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island
and Other Previously Untranslated Gems

from SUNY Press

 



Ai-jen Poo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

The Age of Dignity:
Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

from The New Press


 
Sandip Roy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Don't Let Him Know

from Bloomsbury Publishing



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


 
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

both by Nelson


 
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!



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