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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Achy Obejas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new short story collection

The Tower of the Antilles

from Akashic Books

Melvin Goodman
reading at City Lights
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Sophie Calle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Ars Citizen in conjunction with City Lights

celebrate the release of

Rachel Monique

published by by Editions Xavier Barral

Camille T. Dungy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History

published by W.W. Norton

Dream Colonies, Painterlands, and the Intersection of Curating with Creation: Bruce Conner meets Walter Hopps
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Anastasia Aukeman in discussion with Deborah Treisman, moderated by Paul Yamazaki