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
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Authors on the Road
Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Arts Center

San Francisco, CA: LITQUAKE at the Elbo Room

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Walla Walla, WA: Whitman College, Olin Auditorium

Penngrove, CA: The Sitting Room

San Francisco, CA: The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University

Oakland, CA: Marcus Books

San Francisco, CA: SF Jazz Center

Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University

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

Seattle, WA: Seattle Town Hall

Portland, OR: Powell's City of Books

Jacksonville, OR: Rebel Heart Books

San Francisco, CA: Grace Cathedral's

Los Angeles, CA: Skylight Books

Berkeley, CA: Moe's Bookstore

Portland, OR: Powell's on Hawthorne

West Hollywood, CA: Book Soup

Washington DC: Politics and Prose

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

with Garrett Caples, Will Alexander, Micah Ballard, James Brook, Chris Carosi, Steve Fama, Brian Lucas, Nancy Joyce Peters, & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux (continued)


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

with Donald Nicholson-Smith with Anselm Jappe (continued)


Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

on (continued)

William S. Burroughs'

"The Revised Boy Scout Manual" An Electronic Revolution

published by Ohio State University Press


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)

Du 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 'n 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


Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Hosted by Oscar Villalon (continued)

with Nestor Gomez, Matthew Zapruder, Caille Millner, Dean Rader, Ismail Muhammad, Vanessa Hua, and D.A. Powell


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

Lyric Multiples: Aspiration, Practice, Immanence, Migration

from Nightboat Press


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

celebrating the release of (continued)

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 David Berlin, Lydia Kiesling, Rachel Khong, Jim Nisbet, and Robin Sloan (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, 4:00 p.m., San 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)

Fate News by Norma Cole and Inside Song by Steve Dickison


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

celebrating Chaya Bhuvaneswar's new book (continued)

White Dancing Elephants

from Dzanc Books

co-sponsored by UCSF Medical Humanities and City Lights


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


Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of (continued)

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

published by New Directions 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