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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Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY: Book Thug Nation

Sunday, March 29, 7:00PM
Cambridge, MA: The Purple Place


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!


Saturday, March 28th evening TBA
Oakland, CA: Pecha Kucha at SoleSpace


Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

Thursday, April 2nd, 7:30 pm
East Cambridge, MA: Multicultural Arts Center


Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Saturday, April 4th, 1pm
Minneapolis, MN: The Playwrights' Center

Monday, April 6th, 5pm
Chicago, IL: Steppenwolf


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


Thursday, April 23, 8:00PM
Vancouver, WA: Angst Gallery


Disposable Futures
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux

Saturday, Aril 11th, 1:00 pm
Toronto, Canada: Al Green Theatre


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


Deep Code
John Coletti

Saturday, April 25th, 5:00 pm
Iowa City, IA: 402 Fairchild St.


Nochita
Dia Felix

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


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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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



BEAT EXPLOSION: The 6 Gallery and the Birth of the Beats
Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA
Sat, April 11, 2015 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

presented by Doc's Lab, Stanford Continuing Education, and City Lights

with Joshua Merchant, Gabriel Cortez, Joyce Lee, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, and Lisa Evans

M.C, Wonder Dave (aka Kenneth Rexroth)

Opening statemen



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



The New World
Chris Adrian, Eli Horowitz

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



Dark Sparkler
Amber Tamblyn

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



They Know Everything About You
Robert Scheer

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

in conversation with Mark Rumold, Electronic Frontier Foundation

discussing his new book

They Know Everything About You

from Public Affairs Books



My Struggle
Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard Book Signing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

author of the critically acclaimed

My Struggle

visits City Lights



Zyzzyva's Cinco de Mayo Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

one of the country's finest literary journals

celebrates a new issue

with Jim Gavin, Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Kyle Boelte, and others

hosted by Oscar Villalon



The Price of the Ticket
Jim Nisbet

Jim Nisbet returns to City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Thursday, May 7, 2015, Cocktails 6:30, Reading 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Price of the Ticket

from Overlook Press



Keith P. Feldman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing his new book

A Shadow over Palestine:
The Imperial Life of Race in America

from University of Minnesota Press



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



A rare appearance by PEACHES
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

The musician, singer, performance artist

celebrates the release of her new book

What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches?

from Akashic Books



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



Banning Eyre discussing the life and music of Thomas Mapfumo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave. San Francisco
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the new book

Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe

from Duke University Press



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