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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Lost Profiles
Philippe Soupault

Monday, January 16th, 8:00PM
Washington, DC: Bridge Street Books

Tuesday, January 17th, 6:30PM
Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania, The Kelly Writers House


Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

Saturday, January 21st, 2:00PM
Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum of California


Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Tuesday, January 24th, 7:00PM
La Jolla, CA: The Bishop's School - Eva May Fleet Athletic Center


Mephistos and Other Poems
Michael McClure

Sunday, February 5th at 3:00 pm
Oakland, CA: Diesel Books


Out of Print
Julien Poirier

Friday, February 10th, 8:00PM
Venice, CA: Beyond Baroque


and then we became
devorah major

Thursday, April 6th, 12:10PM
Berkeley, CA: Morrison Library in Doe Library, UC Berkeley Campus


David Shapiro
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new poetry collection

In Memory of an Angel

from City Lights Books



David Brazil with Julien Poirier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

David Brazil celebrates the release of

Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight #15)

published by City Lights Books



       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Sirens
Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new memoir

Sirens

from Two Dollar Radio



One Life
David Lida

UNNAMED PRESS SHOWCASE w/ David Lida & Esme Weijun Wang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

One Life by David Lida

and

The Border of Paradise by Esme Weijun Wang

Annisse Gross moderates the evening



Welcome to Painterland

Anastasia Aukeman (- POSTPONED -)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

 

-POSTPONED-

until summer 2017



Lucky Boy
Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Oscar Villalon

celebrating the release of

Lucky Boy

from G.P. Putnam & Sons



True South

Jon Else
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Spencer Nakasako and Orlando Bagwell about

True South: Henry Hampton and "Eyes on the Prize," the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement



All They Will Call You
Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

All They Will Call You

from University of Arizona Press

with special guests: Margi Dunlap, Connie Ann Mart, and Lance Canales



Remembering Tom Hayden: A Life of Activism and Radical Reform
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104 (Admission $15.00, Members Free)
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

moderated by Steve Wasserman, with Clara Bingham, Willie Brown Jr., and Judy Gumbo



Waging Peace

David Hartsough in conversation with Norman Solomon
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating David Hartsough's recently released book

Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist

from PM Press



Joyce Carol Oates
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new novel

A BOOK OF AMERICAN MARTYRS

from Ecco Press

 



Generation Revolution
Rachel Aspden

Rachel Aspden
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Generation Revolution:  On the Front Line
Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East

from Other Press

 



Direct Action

L. A. Kauffman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

from Verso Press



Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life
Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

published by Random House



Damion Searls
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday March 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

The Inkblot: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

from Crown Books



Logic Magazine wants to tell the story of technology
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbjus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:00 p.mn.

celebrating the inaugural release of a journal devoted to technology and society



Deepak Unnikrishnan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new award winning novel

Temporary People

from Restless Books

 



Elif Batuman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new novel

The Idiot

published by Penguin Press



Jim Shepard @ Zoetrope Cafe
Zoetrope Cafe, 916 Kearny St San Francisco, CA 94133 (Admission Free)
Friday, March 24rth, 2017, 3pm

celebrating the release of his new collection of stories

The World to Come

published by Knopf



Subterranean SF Reading Series w/ Bradley Spinelli
Undisclosed Location. Admission Free. Invititations available @ City Lights beginning 3/20/17
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Painted Gun

from Akashic Books



Dean Rader
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new collection of poetry

Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry

from Copper Canyon Press



Chris Felver
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits
Photographs by Christopher Felver

published by Universtiy of New Mexico



Lloyd Kahn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new book

Small Homes

from Shelter Publications



Reese Jones
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move

from Verso Books

in conversation with Ingrid Contreras Rojas



Barbara Alexandra Szerlip on the life and work of Norman Bel Geddes
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes and the Invention of Twentieth-Century America

from Melville House



Omar El Akkad
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his acclaimed new novel

American War

published by Knopf



Oakland Noir
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

moderated by Eddie Muller and Jerry Thompson

with Kim Addonizio, Nick Petrulakis, Jamie DeWolf, Joe Loya

A celebration of a new crime fiction anthology from Akashic Books



David Shapiro
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new poetry collection

In Memory of an Angel

from City Lights Books



Gordon Ball
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new short story collection

On Tokyo's Edge

from Red Mountain Press



Rakesh Satyal
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

No One Can Pronounce My Name

published by Picador USA



China Miéville
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

from Verso Books



David Brazil with Julien Poirier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

David Brazil celebrates the release of

Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight #15)

published by City Lights Books



Achy Obejas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new short story collection

The Tower of the Antilles

from Akashic Books