Readings at the Bookstore

City Lights regularly hosts events with authors from across the publishing world. Since we can't accommodate a lot of folks in the bookstore, we've launched the City Lights LIVE! Virtual Events Series.  Click on the listings below to learn more, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for regular updates. 

 

 

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Mahmood Mamdani in conversation with Gil Anidjar
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Sunday, January 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (noon) PT / 3:00 p.m. ET

discussing

Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

by Mahmood Mamdani 

published by Belknap Press (an imprint of Harvard University Press)


 
Thursday, January 28th, 1pm PT / 4pm ET
A virtual book launch hosted by City Lights and Speak Out!


The Echoing Ida Collective with Cynthia R. Greenlee, Alicia Walters, and Jordan Scruggs
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

evening of discussion celebrating the launch of the new book

The Echoing Ida Collection

Edited by Cynthia R. Greenlee, Kemi Alabi, and Janna A. Zinzi

published by The Feminist Press


  Peter Gizzi in conversation with CA Conrad
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday January 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

Peter Gizzi reads from

Now It's Dark: poems

published by Wesleyan University Press



Dantiel W. Moniz in conversation with C Pam Zhang
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating Dantiel Moniz's new novel

Milk Blood Heat

published by Grove Atlantic Press


  Nicole Perlroth in conversation with David Sanger
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing Nicole Perlroth's new book

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race

Published by Bloomsbury Books



Brontez Purnell in conversation with Melissa Broder
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of Brontez Purnell's new book

100 Boyfriends

published by MCD x FSG Originals


  Daphne A. Brooks
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing her new book

Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound

published by Belknap Press / Harvard University Press



Viet Thanh Nguyen
This is a virtual event which will be held on an internet streaming platform to be announced.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, exact time TBA

Bay Area Book Festival in conjunction with City Lights and Grove Atlantic Press

celebrate the release of Viet Thanh Nguyen's new novel

The Committed

published by Grove Atlantic Press


  Courtney Zoffness with Rita Bullwinkel and Mat Johnson
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the publication of Courtney Zoffness' new memoir

Spilt Milk

published by McSweeney's



Joshua Mohr in conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of Joshua Mohr's new book

Model Citizen: a memoir

published by MCD/FSG


  Kim Addonizio & Friends
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday March 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT/ 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of her new collection

Now We're Getting Somewhere: Poems

published by W.W. Norton



Patricia Engel joined by Roberto Lovato, Jean Guerrero, Juliana Delgado Lopera
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of her new novel

Infinite Country

published by Simon and Schuster


  Pola Oloixarac in conversation with John Freeman
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET

reading and discussing her new novel

MONA

Translated by Adam Morris, published by Farrar Straus Giroux



Jesse McCarthy
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing his new book

Who Will Pay Reparation On My Soul: Essays

published by Liveright Books/W.W, Norton


  Hoa Nguyen with Garrett Caples
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

Hoa Nguyen reads from her new poetry collection

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure

published by Wave Books



Courttia Newland in conversation with Naomi Jackson and Victor LaValle
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Noon PT / 3:00 p.m. ET

discussing Courttia Newland's newly published novel

A River Called Time

from Akashic Books