City Lights Readings and Events

Our weekly reading series at the bookstore features new authors from across the publishing world. Across the nation, our authors are constantly on tour. Below are short listings for both events at the store, and authors on the road. For more information, click onto the event title.

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City Lights Authors at City Lights Books
Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m., at City Lights!

Discussing her new book (continued)

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

from City Lights Books

Event is cosponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America


Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

Cruel Futures

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17

 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way

by Charles Bukowski

published by City Lights Books

 


City Lights Authors on the Road
Portland, OR: Powell's City of Books

Brooklyn, NY: Verso Books

Hartford, CT: Hartford Times Building

Berkeley, CA: UC Berkeley, Wheeler Hall

New York, NY: McNally Jackson

Baltimore, MD: Red Emma's Bookstore Coffehouse

Columbia, MD: Owen Brown Interfaith Center

San Francisco, CA: Grace Cathedral's The Forum

Salisbury, MD: Salisbury University, Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall

Sarasota, FL: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

San Francisco, CA: Center for Political Education

Tucson, AZ: Tucson Festival of Books, Main Stage

Tucson, AZ: Tucson Festival of Books, Student Union Gallagher Theater

Arcata, CA: Humboldt State Univ , The Latinx Center for Academic Excellence & Centerarts

San Francisco, CA: The Luggage Store

Phoenix, AZ: Changing Hands

Salt Lake City, UT: Ken Sanders Rare Books

New York, NY: McNally Jackson

Austin, TX: Resistencia Books

San Antonio, TX: San Antonio Book Festival

Sacramento, CA: OAH Annual Meeting Session

Sacramento, CA: Time Tested Books

Houston, TX: Brazos Bookstore

Dallas, TX: The Wild Detectives

Beverly Hills, CA

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Times Book Festival

Berkeley, CA: KPFA Benefit

Berkeley, CA: Bay Area Book Festival

Tulsa, OK: Book Smart

Sausalito, CA: Book Passage

Minneapolis, MN: First Unitarian Society

Readings at City Lights Bookstore
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Concord Music reissues Allen Ginsberg reading HOWL on vinyl (continued)


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

Book Release Party for (continued)

Girls Burn Brighter

published by Flatiron Books


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

reading from his new poetry collection (continued)

The Body Ghost

from Coffee House Press


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

discussing his new book (continued)

Everything You Love Will Burn

published by Nation Books


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

Men and Apparitions: A Novel

from Soft Skull Press


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

celebrating (continued)

A Life Among Fishes (from ORO Press)

&

Designing with Palms (from Timber Press)


Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

moderated by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan with with Rachel Khong and Beth Nguyen  (continued)


Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading new poetry (continued)


Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

presented by Omnidawn Press (continued)


Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from new works (continued)


Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Poets Randall Mann and  Fernando Pérez (continued)

read poetry and discuss the poetic experience as a method cultural healing 

moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras&l


Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating his new release (continued)

VENGEANCE: a novel

from Catapult Books


Thursday, March 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing his new novel (continued)

Whiskey

from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux/MCD


Sunday, April 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating his new book (continued)

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

from PM Press


Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

with Sesshu Foster and Max Yeh reading from new works (continued)


Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from his new novel (continued)

LACKING CHARACTER

from Melville House


Thursday, April 5. 2018, 7:00 p.m., Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit https://www.milibrary.org for more info

celebrating the release of (continued)

Orphic Paris

from New York Review Books


Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of her new collection of poetry (continued)

Invisible Gifts: Poems

published by Manic D Press


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of her new book (continued)

Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

from Harvard University Press


Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 7:00PM, Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., San Francisco

book release party for the new definitive biography of Pablo Neruda (continued)

Neruda: The Poet's Calling by Mark Eisner

published by Ecco Press


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

discussing (continued)

Your Art Will Save Your Life

A candid guidebook about art-making in the midst of oppression

from Feminist Press


Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Rita Bullwinkel celebrates the release of (continued)

Belly Up

from A Strange Object Press


Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Opening Statement by Jale Yoldas (Goethe Institut San Francisco) with guest appearances by  Alan Black, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, and Richard Walker (continued)


Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of her new book (continued)

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms

from Feminist Press


Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil

published by Alfred Knopf


Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from her award winning poetry collection (continued)

Eye Level

published by Graywolf Press

 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent

from University of Chicago Press


Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Goethe Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush St #204, San Francisco, CA 94108 - Admission Free

The Goethe Institut San Francisco in conjunction with City Lights Booksellers and New York Review Books present an evening re-exploring the classic work of German writer Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz (continued)

 


Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating new books by Dan Hoy and Abraham Smith (continued)


Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from new poetry (continued)


Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from (continued)

There There

published by Alfred Knopf


Thursday, June 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of her new book (continued)

As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation

by William C. Anderson and Zoé Samudzi with a foreword by Mariame Kaba