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, April 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

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

discussing the new book

Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography

by Nick Thorkelson & published by City Lights Books


City Lights Authors on the Road
Long Island City, NY: ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore

Washington DC: Politics and Prose

New York, NY: Bluestockings

Philadelphia, PA: Wooden Shoe Books & Records

Los Angeles, CA: ARTBOOK @Hauser & Wirth

Baltimore, MD: Red Emma's

Washington DC: Sankofa Video and Books & Café

San Antonio, TX: San Antonio Book Festival

Dallas, TX: Wild Detectives

Dallas, TX: Richland College

Austin, TX: Malvern Books

Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library

El Cajon, CA: Grossmont College

(continued)


New York, NY: Poets House

Harrisburg, PA: Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Readings at City Lights Bookstore
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

Sophisticated Giant:The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

published by University of California Press


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

celebrating the release of his new book: (continued)

Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast

from Shelter Publications


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

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


Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

Dead Men's Trousers

by Irvine Welsh

published by Melville House


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

celebrating her new book (continued)

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

published by Alfred Knopf


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

reading from her latest novel (continued)

A Student of History

from Akashic Books


Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from (continued)

The Summer of Dead Birds

published by Feminist Press


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

reading and in conversation with Jennifer S. Cheng (continued)

celebrating the release of

Oculus: Poems

published by Graywolf Press

 


Sunday, March 17, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Branch, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

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


Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

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

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


Saturday, March 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, tickets at: www.roxie.com

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


Sunday, March 24th, 1:00PM - 5:00PM, City Lights Booksellers, Cafe Zoetrope, Vesuvio Cafe, Canessa Gallery

Join us in celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday (continued)

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

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


Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

with Ronald K. L. Collins and David M. Skover (continued)


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool / Photographs 1976-1982

published by Trapart


Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from new works (continued)


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

reading from their new book (continued)

45 Thought Crimes

from Manic D Press


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

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. (continued)


Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from (continued)

Minutes of Glory and Other Stories

published by The New Press


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

discussing (continued)

Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work

from Zone Books


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of Oliver Nachtwey's new book (continued)

Germany's Hidden Crisis

from Verso Books

copresented with the Goethe Institut


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

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

Ways of Hearing

published by MIT Press


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

celebrating the eagerly awaited re-release of his seminal novel (continued)

Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

published by New York Review Books


Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of their new book (continued)

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

published by Duke University Press


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

reading from (continued)

Mitochondrial Night: Poems

from Coffee House Press


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

discussing the subject of her book (continued)

Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage

published by Turtle Point Press


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

Heather Dundas in conversation with David Wade (continued)


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

celebrating the release of her new novel (continued)

The Unpassing

published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel

published by Verso Books


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

reading from and speaking about (continued)

All the Land

published by Seagull Books

copresented by Goethe Institut San Francisco


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

celebrating the release of her new novel (continued)

Permission

published by Coach House Books


Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from and discussing her new novel (continued)

The Old Drift

from Hogarth Books


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

Lanny: a novel

from Graywolf Press


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

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

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

from Princeton University Press


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

reading poetry from (continued)

This Luminous: New and Selected Poems

from Panhandler Books


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

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

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

from MIT Press


Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

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


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

discussing the subject of her new book (continued)

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

from Bloomsbury Books


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

IrRational Music

from Terra Nova Books