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
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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

John Mellor, Hilton Obenzinger, Tony Robles, Richard Schwarzenberger, 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



A Special Screening of BARNEY'S WALL (A Film By Sandy Gotham Meehan and William Cole)
The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero, San Francisco (Admission: $12.00)
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with appearance by Sandy Gotham Meehan inconversation with award winning performer Bill Irwin, City Lights' Paul Yamazaki, and Zyzzyva's Oscar Villalon


 
Simeon Marsalis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

As Lie Is to Grin: A Novel

from Catapult Press



Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

 
TJ Demos in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Gopal Dayaneni
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the new book by TJ Demos

Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today

from Sternberg Press



Daniel Ellsberg
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Admission $15.00, members $10.00)
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

from Bloomsbury Books


 
Tribute to the Life and Work of Denis Johnson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Sean San Jose, Octavio Solis, Vendela Vida, and special guests

celebrating Denis Johnson's final collection of short fiction

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

from Random House



Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

  Jenn Pelly in conversation with Greil Marcus about THE RAINCOATS
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presented by City Lights in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Book Club

celebrating a new edition in the 33 & 1/3 series



Ransoming Pagan Babies: The Selected Writings of Warren Hinckle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

moderated by Steve Wasserman with friends of Warren Hinckle (TBA)


  James Janko with Maxine Hong Kingston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of James Janko's

The Clubhouse Thief

published by New Issues Poetry & Prose • Western Michigan University



A.J. Lees on William S. Burroughs
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thuirsday, February 8, 2018, 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


 
Robert Aquinas McNally
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

MODOC WAR: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age

from University of Nebraska Press



Shobha Rao
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Book Release Party for

Girls Burn Brighter

published by Flatiron Books


  Joseph Lease
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 7. 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new poetry collection

The Body Ghost

from Coffee House Press



Vegas Tenold
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Everything You Love Will Burn

published by Nation Books


  Lynne Tillman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Men and Apparitions: A Novel

from Soft Skull Press



Christopher Dewees with Jason Dewees
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating

A Life Among Fishes (from ORO Press)

&

Designing with Palms (from Timber Press)


  Go Home! A celebration of a new anthology of Asian diasporic writing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Esmé Weijun Wang



Robert Hass / David Koehn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presented by Omnidawn Press