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

celebrating the release of (continued)

Poso Wells

published by City Lights Books

with special guests Mauro Javier Cardenas and Dick Cluster


City Lights Authors on the Road
Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico

Berkeley, CA: Moe's Books

Albuquerque, NM: Bookworks

Oakland, CA: Oakland Public Library

Pittsburgh, PA: City of Asylum Bookstore at Alphabet City

San Francisco, CA: The Make Out Room

(continued)


Albuquerque, NM: Bookworks

San Francisco, CA: SF State University Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference

New Orleans, LA: Garden District Book Shop

Berkeley, CA: BAMPFA

Minneapolis, MN: First Unitarian Society

Oakland, CA: Heyday Harvest Dinner at the African American Museum & Library

Brookline, MA: Brookline Booksmith

San Jose, CA: San José Poetry Festival, History Park San José

San Francisco, CA: LITQUAKE at the Mechanics Institute

San Francisco, CA: LITQUAKE at the Elbo Room

  (continued)


 


Los Angeles, CA: The ALOUD Series at the LA Library

Seattle, WA: Seattle Town Hall

Portland, OR: Powell's City of Books

Readings at City Lights Bookstore
The Event Season continues in September 2018......

City Lights will take a break from events for the months of July and August. We will resume events in September.


Thursday, Sept 6, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of A RIVER OF STARS and THE GOLDEN STATE (continued)


Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

The Incendiaries 

from Riverhead Books


Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of her debut novel (continued)

Fruit of the Drunken Tree 

from Random House


Thursday, Sept 13, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

A discussion exploring the situationists' key influence on the nationwide May 1968 revolt in France (continued)


Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

Time's Language: Collected Poems

from Wings Press


Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

Giants: The Global Power Elite

By Peter Phillips

Introduction by William I. Robinson

published by Seven Stories Press


Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating two new books: (continued)

Be With - by Forrest Gander - from New Directions 

Widower's Notebook - by Jonathan Santlofer - from Penguin 


Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm , Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Admission : Public $10.00, Members FREE

discussing the subject of (continued)

We Built the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond

by  Eileen Truax

(from Verso Books)


Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, 7 pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from her new debut novel (continued)

We That Are Young

published by Alfred Knopf


Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 7 p.m, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

City Lights in conjunction with the Cultural Services of the Consul General of France in San Francisco and Seagull Press present (continued)

Léonora Miano

in a special appearance


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

Multi-media conceptual artist, writer and activist visits City Lights to celebrate the release of his video poem chapbook, A Blazing Grace and the AfroDixieRemixes: The San Francisco Session (continued)


Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7 pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

Six By Ten: Stories From Solitary Confinement

published by Haymarket Books 


Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

reading from his new novel (continued)

 John Woman

published by Atlantic Monthly Press


Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 7:30 pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

Freeman's Literary Journal: POWER Issue

published by Grove Press

This event cosponsored by LITQUAKE


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

with Garrett Caples and Friends (continued)


Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7 pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

with Donald Nicholson Smith with Anselm Jappe (continued)


Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00 pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Donald Nicholson-Smith and James Brook discuss the life and work of the seminal genre-bending writer (continued)


Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of her new book (continued)

De Bois's Telegram : Literary Resistance and State Containment

published by Harvard U. Press


Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7 pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

signing copies of their new book (continued)

The Brickeaters 

published by Feral House


Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays

published by University of California Press


Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Cosponsored by Rock & Roll Book Club of San Francisco in conjunction with City Lights and Algonquin Books (continued)

celebrating the release of

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall


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

discussing the subject of her new book (continued)

How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance

published by University of California Press

 


Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

Son of Amity

by Peter Nathaniel Malae - published by Oregon State University Press


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

(opening statement by Amy Scholder) (continued)

celebrating the release of

Grabbing Pussy

by Karen Finley

published by OR Books


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

with Emily Bell, Jeff Berlin, Jim Nisbet, and additional special guests (continued)


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

All That is Evident is Suspect

published by McSweeney's


Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Sam Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133

celebrating the release of (continued)

Since When: A Memoir In Pieces

By Bill Berkson

published by Coffee House Press


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

reading from new poetry and a new book: (continued)

Hey Marfa: poems

published by Graywolf Press


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

Fascination: Memoirs

from Semiotexte


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

in conversation with Cynthia Haven (continued)

celebrating the release of three new books

from New York Review Books


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

celebrating the release of two new books of poetry (continued)


Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

discussing the subject of his new book (continued)

How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

from Melville House


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

reading from her new book (continued)

White Dancing Elephants

from Dzanc Books


Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

presenting a polyphonic play of interconnected stories (continued)

from the new book

Vanishing Act

from Fantagraphics Books


Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5 p.m., Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, San Francisco, CA 94108, admission free, must be 21 and over

discussing (continued)

Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel