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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Maxine Gordon on the life and legacy of Jazz legend Dexter Gordon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Sophisticated Giant:The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

published by University of California Press


  Lloyd Kahn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new book:

Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast

from Shelter Publications



LOGIC Turns Two
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Host: Jim Fingal, with special guests Megan Rose Dickey, Alexis C. Madrigal, Fred Turner, Ellen Ullman, and Julia Carrie Wong


  Irvine Welsh in conversation with Alan Black
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Dead Men's Trousers

by Irvine Welsh

published by Melville House



Carolyn Burke in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating her new book

Foursome:Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury

published by Alfred Knopf


  Nina Revoyr
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her latest novel

A Student of History

from Akashic Books



Ali Liebegott with special guests: Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

The Summer of Dead Birds

published by Feminist Press


  Sally Wen Mao
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading and in conversation with Jennifer S. Cheng

celebrating the release of

Oculus: Poems

published by Graywolf Press

 



Ferlinghetti at 100 / SFPL Reading celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Birthday
Koret Auditorium, Main Branch, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

In honor of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday the San Francisco Public Library will celebrate with a poetry extravaganza


  Ferlinghetti at 100/ Book Release Party for LITTLE BOY
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti's new novel is celebrated with readings from selected passages

with appearances by Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer, and Shobha Rao



Ferlinghetti at 100 / Film Screening of Chris Felver's "FERLINGHETTI"
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, tickets at: www.roxie.com
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Chris Felver's moving portrait of Lawrence Ferlinghetti followed by an interview with the filmmaker


  Ferlinghetti at 100 / Open House Birthday Party
City Lights Booksellers, Cafe Zoetrope, Vesuvio Cafe, Canessa Gallery
Sunday, March 24th, 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Join us in celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday

with a day of readings, reminiscences and joy at City Lights,

along with neighborhood events at the Canessa Gallery, Vesuvio's, and Café Zoetrope.



Ferlinghetti at 100 / The People v. Ferlinghetti : The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg's Howl
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

with Ronald K. L. Collins and David M. Skover


  Ruby Ray
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool / Photographs 1976-1982

published by Trapart



Unnamed Press @ City Lights with Rheea Mukherjee & Adam Nemett
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new works


  Lynn Breedlove
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from their new book

45 Thought Crimes

from Manic D Press



Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday Apri 8 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Please join us as the team from Creative Chaos films this event for their upcoming documentary about gun culture in the United States! Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her acclaimed book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.


  Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Minutes of Glory and Other Stories

published by The New Press



Timothy Hampton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work

from Zone Books


 
Philosopher of Utopia: Celebrating the New Graphic Biography of Herbert Marcuse
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Nick Thorkelson, Andrew T. Lamas, and a special guest TBD

discussing the new book

Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography

by Nick Thorkelson & published by City Lights Books



Oliver Nachtwey in conversation with Adrian Daub
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Oliver Nachtwey's new book

Germany's Hidden Crisis

from Verso Books

copresented with the Goethe Institut


  Damon Krukowski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Ways of Hearing

published by MIT Press



Darius James
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 21, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the eagerly awaited re-release of his seminal novel

Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

published by New York Review Books


  Ed Bok Lee
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Mitochondrial Night: Poems

from Coffee House Press



Neda Atanasoski in conversation with Kalindi Vora
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of their new book

Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures

published by Duke University Press


  Grace Schulman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her book

Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage

published by Turtle Point Press



Foucault in California
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Heather Dundas in conversation with David Wade


  Chia-Chia Lin
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new novel

The Unpassing

published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Andrew Ross
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel

published by Verso Books


  Jo Lendle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

reading from and speaking about

All the Land

published by Seagull Books

copresented by Goethe Institut San Francisco



Saskia Vogel
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new novel

Permission

published by Coach House Books


  Namwali Serpell in conversation with Ismail Muhammad
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from and discussing her new novel

The Old Drift

from Hogarth Books



Max Porter
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Lanny: a novel

from Graywolf Press


  Finn Brunton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency

from Princeton University Press



Allan Peterson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading poetry from

This Luminous: New and Selected Poems

from Panhandler Books


  Erik Davis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies

from MIT Press



Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

with David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, D.A.  Powell, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Randall Mann, and Roberto Bedoya


  Louise Aronson
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

from Bloomsbury Books



Elliot Sharp
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

IrRational Music

from Terra Nova Books