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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The Tranquilized Tongue
Eric Baus

Saturday, July 26th, TBD
Chicago, IL: Myopic Books


Tender Buttons
Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow

Sunday, July 27th, 7:00 pm
Calgary, Alberta: LOFT112


Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

Wednesday, July 30th, 7:00pm
New York, NY: Poet's House

Book Party for Lenelle Moïse
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Haiti Glass

by Lenelle Moïse

The latest poetry collection in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea!



Border Patrol Nation
Todd Miller

Tuesday, September 9th, 5:00pm
Denver, CO: American Friends Service Committee Center


Thousand Times Broken
Henri Michaux

Book Party for Thousand Times Broken
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 7:00pm

Celebrating the release of

Thousand Times Broken: Three Books

by Henri Michaux, translated from the French by Gilian Conoley.


Saturday, September 20, 7:00PM
Sebastopol, CA: Sebastopol Center for the Arts


Nochita
Dia Felix

Wednesday, September 17th, 7:00 pm
New York, NY: Mixer Reading Series

Sunday, October 19th, TBD
New York, NY: KGB Bar


Spying on Democracy
Heidi Boghosian

Tuesday, September 30th, 7:30 pm
Kingston, RI: University of Rhode Island


Lunch Poems
Frank O'Hara

Thursday, October 2nd, 12:10 pm
Berkeley, CA: UC Berkeley


Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.


Saturday, October 11th, 5:00PM
Los Angeles, CA: Skylight Books


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Last Stories and Other Stories
William T. Vollmann

An evening of ghost stories with William T Vollmann
Location: undisclosed, by invitation.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Reading 7:30 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Last Stories and Other Stories

from Viking

 



Vikram Chandra
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, The Code of Beauty

from Graywolf Press



Thousand Times Broken
Henri Michaux

Book Party for Thousand Times Broken
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 7:00pm

Celebrating the release of

Thousand Times Broken: Three Books

by Henri Michaux, translated from the French by Gilian Conoley.



Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

Book Party for Lenelle Moïse
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Haiti Glass

by Lenelle Moïse

The latest poetry collection in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea!



The Moor's Account
Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Moor's Account

from Pantheon Books



Our Lady of the Nile
Scholastique Mukasonga

An evening with Scholastique Mukasonga
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with opening statements by Jill Schoolman (Archipelago Books)

celebrating the release of

Our Lady of the Nile

translated by Melanie Mauthner

published by Archipelago Books



Nayomi Munaweera
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

from St. Martin's Press



Les Claypool & Larry LaLonde celebrate the release of "Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool"
Rickett's Lab, 124-140 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Thursday, September 23, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

presented by City Lights inconjunction with Akashic Books & Rickett's Lab



MariNaomi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories'

published jointly by 2D Cloud and Uncivilized Books



An evening with Roxane Gay
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

The Bad Feminist

from Harper Perennial



Wave Books Party!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 P.M

Hosted by Matthew Zapruder with Garrett Caples, Anthony McCann, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, & Rachel Zucker



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

from Beacon Press



Richard Kenvin on Surf Craft
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of the new book

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding

from The MIT Press



Book Party for Mylene Fernández-Pintado
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 8. 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

A Corner of the World

Translated by Dick Cluster

Published by City Lights Publishers



Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.



Subterranean SF/Harboiled Fiction with an Edge presents The Litanies of Noir: A Talk Show
Undisclosed Location, by invitation only
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.cocktails, 8:00 p.m.event

hosted by Peter Maravelis (editor of San Francisco Noir)

with guests Eddie Muller, David Talbot, Ben Tarnoff

Music by Mr. Lucky and the Cocktail Party



Here On The Edge: World War II, Conscientious Objectors on the Oregon Coast, and Seeds of the Sixties
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights in conjunction with LITQUAKE present a discussion with

Steve McQuiddy, Vladimir Dupre, and Steve Dickison (of The Poetry Center at SFSU)



James Lenfestey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Seeking the Cave
A Pilgrimage To Cold Mountain

from Milkweed Editions



Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00P.M.

Hosted by Jennifer De Leon

with Yalitza Ferreras, Erika Martinez, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Blanca Torres



Baffler Party !!!!!!!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Tom Frank and John Summers

celebrating the release of

No Future For You: Salvos from The Baffler

 



Gerald Nicosia
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Night Train to Shanghai

from Grizzly Peak Press



The esctatic writing of Qiu Miaojin: Ari Larissa Heinrich in conversation with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights in conjunction with NYRB Books present an evening of discussion about an uncommon writer



Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Various Locations, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 9, 2014

A week-long celebration of the life and work of one of the twentieth centuries great thinkers

 



Subterranean SF Reading Series presents...Katie Gilmartin's "Blackmail, My Love"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 P.M., Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)

An evening of storytelling delving into the darker side of San Francisco's 1950's Queer Underground



An evening with Ed Piskor
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set

from Fantagraphics