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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The Velvet Underground Experience - Litquake 2019
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Hat & Beard Press, the San Francisco Rock & Roll Book Club, and Litquake present an evening about The Velvet Underground


  2nd Annual Lit Crawl Book Fair
Gray Area Art + Technology, 2665 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94110
Saturday, October 19th, 2-6PM

See us at the Lit Crawl Book Fair, the preamble to Litquake's annual set of readings in the Mission District

At Gray Area Art + Technology



Gillian Conoley and Donna de la Perrière
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry


  Benedicte Maurseth
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussiing the subject of

To Be Nothing: Conversations with Knut Hamre, Hardanger Fiddle Master

published by Terra Nova Press/The MIT Press



Jarett Kobek
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new novel

Only Americans Burn in Hell

published by We've Heard You Like Books


  Ramesh Srinivasan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow

Published by The MIT Press



Inside the Magnetic Fields:Surrealism @ 100
San Francisco and Berkeley, California
Tuesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 24

A festival of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the emergence of Surrealism


  Savannah Shange in conversation with Patrick Camangian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco

from Duke University Press



Jerome Rothenberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating two new books

The President of Desolation & Other Poems from Black Widow Press
The Mystery of False Attachments from Word Palace


  Scarlett Sabet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

reading from her new collection of poetry

Camille



Second Stutter Annual Release Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Solomon Rino

with readings by George Albon, Laura Moriarty, Joseph Lease, and Norma Cole 


  Charlton D. McIlwain in conversation with E. David Ellington
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing Charlton D. McIlwain's new book

Black Software: The Internet, Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter

published by Oxford University Press



John James with Henri Cole
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of John James' new collection of poetry

The Milk Hours

published by Milkweed Editions


 
Sunday, December 8th, 5pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights

City Lights celebrates the publication of Forgotten Journey and The Promise by Silvina Ocampo, with translators Suzanne Jill Levine, Katie Lateef-Jan & Jessica Powell!



An evening with Kal Spelletich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Catharine Clark

discussing his new project

Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots

 


  Roy Scranton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

❤Oklahoma !



Terry Tempest Williams
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new book

Erosion: Essays of Undoing

published by Sarah Critchton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux