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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Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Cuban Club: Stories

from Seven Stories Press


 
Tara Jepsen in conversation with Brontez Purnell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 7:00PM

discussing Tara Jepsen's new novel

Like a Dog published by City Lights Books

 


Chris Robé
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

discussing his newly released book

Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas

from PM Press


 
Cristina García
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Here In Berlin: A Novel

from Counterpoint Press



Micheline Aharonian Marcom in conversation with Rikki Ducornet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Brick House 

from AWST Press


 
Barbara Jane Reyes
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 7th 2017, 7:00PM

celebrating the release of

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16, Invocation To Daughters.

Reading together with David Brazil.



Yuri Slezkine
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St San Francisco, CA 94104, Admission $10.00, Members Free
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

in conversation with Bertrand M. Patenaude

celebrating the release of

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution

from Princeton University Press


  Who Reads Poetry? Views from Poetry Magazine
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with Don Share, editor of Poetry Magazine, and Fred Sasaki, Poetry's art director joined by friends



David Meltzer Memorial Tribute
Humanities Auditorium, HUM 133, San Francisco State University, entrance near Tapia Drive, just off Holloway Avenue
Sunday November 12, 2017, 3–5pm

 

with Garrett Caples, Steve Dickison, Clark Coolidge, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Marina Lazarra, Michael McClure, Julie Rogers, Jerome Rothenberg, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux. on video: Diane di Prima and Lawrence Ferlinghetti


 
Jerome Rothenberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Technicians of the Sacred, Third Edition: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, Revised and Expanded, 50th Anniversary

published by UC Press



Daniel Alarcón
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories

published by Riverhead Books


 
Mark Bray
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

from Melville House



George Lakey
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

presenting a talk titled

A NATION DIVIDED: What can we learn from the Nordics?


 
A.J. Lees on William S. Burroughs
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his newly released book

Mentored By A Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

published by Notting Hill Editions, distributed by New York Review Books



Brian "B+" Cross in conversation with Jeff Chang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed 

published by University of Texas Press


  *Logic ISSUE 3: JUSTICE Launch Party @ The Canessa Gallery
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 6 pm.

Hosted by Ben Tarnoff with Angèle Christin, Sam Greenspan, and Gillian Terzis



Danielle Allen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

from Liveright Books ( a division of W.W. Norton)


 
David Harvey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason

from Oxford University Press



Sam Sax & D.A. Powell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Sam Sax's new poetry collection

MADNESS

published by Penguin Books


  Ithuriel's Spear @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

with new releases from

Hilton Obenzinger and Tony Robles (poetry), and Richard Schwarzenberger (short stories) and special guest appearance by Sin Sorocco



Eugenio F. Granell Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with David Coulter and Garett Caples

celebrating the release of

The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian

by Eugenio F. Granell

published by City Lights Books


 
Matthew McIntosh
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

theMystery.doc

published by Grove Press



Michael Hardt in conversation with Joshua Clover
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Michael Hardt's new book

Assembly

Co-authored with Antonio Negri

from Oxford University Press