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
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Stars Seen in Person: A Tribute to John Wieners
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Garrett Caples, Michael Seth Stewart, Micah Ballard, Cedar Sigo, Duncan McNaughton, Bill Berkson and friends

celebrating the release of John Wieners' Selected Journals, published by City Lights, and Supplication: Selected Poems


 
Best Kept Secrets: The Fiction of Lucia Berlin
Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, (cross street Grant Ave.) Admission Free
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 6:30 P.M.

Opening statement by Stephen Emerson, with readings by Gloria Frym, Barry Gifford, Alastair Johnston, August Kleinzahler, Jim Nisbet, and Michael Wolfe.



Subterranean SF Reading Series presents Vu Tran's Dragonfish
Undisclosed location, by invitation only, black envelopes available at City Lights 8/31. 21 and over, please
Thursday, September 10, 2015, doors 7:00 p.m. event 7:30 p.m.

An evening of adrenaline fueled storytelling


 
Joseph Matthews
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new novel

Everyone Has Their Reasons

from PM Press



Ayize Jama-Everett
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of two new books

The Entropy of Bones

&

The Liminal War

both from Small Beer Press


 
Leonard Gardner in conversation with Eddie Muller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the re-release of the literary classic

Fat City

published by NYRB Books



Karen Finley Signing Books at City Lights!
Thursday, September 17th, NOON

Lunchtime event with Karen Finley!

Karen signs copies of Shock Treatment: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition and offers a psychic reading/intuitive bookmark to each person who purchases a copy.  A rare event. Join us!


 
Kristina Rizga
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Mission High:
One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph

from Nation Books



Ben Hedin & Radio Silence Magazine
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Wednesday, September 23rd, 7:00 P.M.

Ben Hedin

reads from and discusses

In Search of the Movement

published by City Lights.


 
Mel Gordon
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco, by invitation only, Invites become available 9/8/2015 at City Light
Thursday, September 24, 2015, Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World of Paris, 1920-1946

from Feral House



A Celebration of Antonio Benítez-Rojo and Woman in Battle Dress
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 5:00PM

with Jessica Powell, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Enrico Mario Santí

celebrating the release of

Woman in Battle Dress

by Antonio Benítez-Rojo

translated from the Spanish by Jessica Powell


 
Gillian Conoley, Lisa Fishman and Richard Meier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 7. 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from new poetry



Third Man Books @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Sampson Starkweather, Paige Taggart, Janaka Stucky, Salena Godden, and master of ceremonies Chet Weise

with special guest appearance by Ginny Stanford


 
John Freeman in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, October 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating John Freeman's new literary venture

Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival

from Grove Press

 



Lawrence Ferlinghetti
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of his new book

Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013

from Liveright Books/W.W. Norton


 
Eileen Myles
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014

from Ecco/HarperCollins



Matt Bell returns to City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbua Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new novel

Scrapper

from Soho Press


 
Tony & Willis Barnstone
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from new works



David Talbot
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing his new work

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

from HarperCollins


 
David Stephen Calonne on Charles Bukowski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7pm

celebrating the release of

The Bell Tolls for No One

by Charles Bukowski (edited by David Stephen Calonne)

published by City Lights Books



Tanwi Nandini Islam
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

in conversation with Achy Obejas

celebrating the release of

Bright Lines

from Penguin Books


 
Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future

from Seven Stories Press



Edward Hirsch
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Gabriel: A Poem

from Alfred A. Knopf


 
Jerome Rothenberg with John Bloomberg-Rissman and friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present

published by Black Widow Press



Siamak Vossoughi
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his newly released short story collection

Better Than War

from University of Georgia Press

 


 
Duggan McDonnell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 12, 2015, cocktails 6:30 p.m., discussion 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter From San Francisco and her Cocktails

from Chronicle Books



Roy Scranton
Bay Area Book launch at City Lights
Friday, November 13th, 7pm

Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization, published by City Lights!

Roy will be joined by Dale Jamieson &  Bonnie Nadzam, authors of Love in the Anthropocene


  Gordon Chin
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

presents a walking tour through Chinatown

in celebration of his new book

Building Community, Chinatown Style : A Half Century of Leadership in SF
 



Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Writers:13 Vignettes

from Seven Stories Press


  Reading Daniel Sada: An appreciation of his life and work
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

with Katherine Silver, Scott Esposito, and Ethan Nosowsky



Dodie Bellamy and David Buuk
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue
Tuesday, December 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new work


  Scott Saul on Richard Pryor
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the paperback release of

Becoming Richard Pryor

published by Harper-Collins



Jewish Noir @ City Lights !
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

with editor Kenneth Wishnia

and Eddie Muller and additional readers tba


  Robert Jensen
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully

from Soft Skull Press



Dada World Fair 2016
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 3 through Saturday, November 12, 2016

A 100th anniversary celebration of DADA

with film screenings, installations, lectures, roundtables, and performances