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 on the Road

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Thousand Times Broken
Henri Michaux

Thursday, February 26, 7:30 pm
Boulder, CO: Eaton Humanities, Colorado University Campus


Two-Way Mirror
David Meltzer

Saturday, February 28, time TBA
New York, NY: Jack Tilton Gallery

David Meltzer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook

published by City Lights Books



Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

Wednesday, March 4, 4:30PM
San Diego, CA: UC San Diego

Thursday, March 5, 7:00PM
Claremont, CA: Pitzer College


Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Sunday, March 8th, 7pm
San Francisco, CA: A.C.T

Saturday, March 14th, 3pm
Los Angeles, CA: Samuel French Film & Theatre Bookshop


Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Women in Public Book Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Women in Public

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 13



Deep Code
John Coletti

Wednesday, March 11, 8:00PM
New York, NY: The Poetry Project


Rad American Women A-Z
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

Monday, March 23rd
Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Unified School District

Rad American Women A to Z Book Party!
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Saturday, March 28th, 12:30pm

City Lights celebrates the publication of our first kid's book!



Thursday, April 2nd
Riverside, CA: UC Riverside


On Time
Joanne Kyger

Tuesday, April 14, 6:30PM
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Public Library Main Branch

Wednesday, April 29, 3:00PM
Bolinas, CA: New School at Commonweal


Saturday, May 2nd, 2:30pm
Alameda, CA: Books Inc.


Nochita
Dia Felix

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 pm
New York, NY: The Poetry Project


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Carol and John Steinbeck
Susan Shillinglaw

Steinbeck Brithday Celebration at Doc's Lab
Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave San Francisco, CA, 94133
Saturday, February 28, Doors 6:00PM, Show 7:00PM

Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw is joined by actor Taelen Thomas and musician Steve Mortensen

 

 



Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Women in Public Book Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Women in Public

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 13



Brian Jones
Paul Trynka

Brian Jones Night (Hosted by San Francisco's Rock 'n Roll Book Club)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Richie Unterberger and Maureen Russell



Breathturn Into Timestead
Paul Celan

Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

cosponsored by The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University and City Lights Books

poet-translator Pierre Joris
multimedia by Nicole Peyrafitte



The Sellout
Paul Beatty

An evening with Paul Beatty
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

in conversation with Oscar Villalon

celebrating the release of

The Sellout

from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux



The Lost Treasures of R&B
Nelson George

Nelson George in conversation with Adam Mansbach
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of two new books

The Lost Treasures of R&B

&

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style

 



The Lost Child
Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Lost Child

from Farrar, Straus, Giroux



Rad American Women A-Z
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

Rad American Women A to Z Book Party!
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Saturday, March 28th, 12:30pm

City Lights celebrates the publication of our first kid's book!



Don't Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg
Marc Olmsted

Marc Olmsted on Allen Ginsberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 5, 2015, 5:00 P.M.

Remembering Allen Ginsberg on the 18th anniversary of his passing as Marc Olmsted discusses the poet with a new book



Two-Way Mirror
David Meltzer

David Meltzer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook

published by City Lights Books



All Involved
Ryan Gattis

Ryan Gattis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

All Involved (a novel)

published by Ecco Press/Harper Collins



Eli Horowitz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

The New World

co-authored with Chris Adrian

from Farrar Straus & Giroux



The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Sympathizer

from Grove Press



Amber Tamblyn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book of non-fiction

Dark Sparkler

(Forward by Diane di Prima)

from Harper-Perennial



Robert Scheer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing his new book

They Know Everything About You:
How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy

from Public Affairs Books



Emily Schultz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Blondes

from St. Martins Press

with a special appearance by Ruth Galm and Rachel Khong

Hosted by Kara Levy, San Francisco editor of Joyland Magazine



Greg Proops
3rd Floor McRroskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market Street, (at Gough Street), San Francisco
Thursday, May 21, 2015, Doors 6:30, Event 7:00 P.M.

City Lights and The Green Arcade present

Greg Proops

celebrating his new book

The Smartest Book In The World

from Simon & Schuster



Stephen Kessler
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of three new books:

Where Was I?

Need I Say More?

and

Forbidden Pleasures



Red Hen Press @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Ron Carlson, Dean Kostos and Amy Uyematsu reading from their poetry