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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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Sunday, February 19th, 4:00PM
Atlanta, GA: Emory University, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Monday, February 27th, 6:00PM
La Verne, CA: University of La Verne, Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium


Breaking Through Power
Ralph Nader

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 pm
Claremont, CA: Garrison Theater


America at War with Itself
Henry A. Giroux

Thursday, March 2nd, 7:00PM
Hamilton, ON, Canada: Great Hall, Alumni Memorial Hall, McMaster University


and then we became
devorah major

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


Paul Madonna
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday April 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

On To The Next Dream

published by City Lights Books



In Memory of an Angel
David Shapiro

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

celebrating the release of David Shapiro's 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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A Book of American Martyrs
Joyce Carol Oates

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



David Hartsough in conversation with Norman Solomon
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating David Hartsough's recently released book

Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist

from PM Press



Inkblots

Damion Searls
Fireside Room, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, Admission is Free
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

(This event not held at City Lights Bookstore)



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



Temporary People
Deepak Unnikrishnan

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

in conversation with Shanthi Sekaran

celebrating his new award winning novel

Temporary People

from Restless Books

 



The Idiot
Elif Batuman

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



SYRIA -- Because We Come From Everything: The Poetics of Migration
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with Jeanne Carstensen, Jack Hirschman, and Jack Marshall 



The World to Come
Jim Shepard

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



The Painted Gun
Bradley Spinelli

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



Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry
Dean Rader

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



Violent Borders
Reece Jones

Reece 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



Clark Coolidge
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his poetry

and celebrating the release of

Selected Poems: 1962-1985

from Station Hill Press



The Man Who Designed the Future
B. Alexandra Szerlip

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



Paul Madonna
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday April 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

On To The Next Dream

published by City Lights Books



Omar El Akkad in conversation with Micheline Aharonian Marcom
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing & 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



Damon Krukowski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World

from The New Press



In Memory of an Angel
David Shapiro

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

celebrating the release of David Shapiro's new poetry collection

In Memory of an Angel

from City Lights Books



James Nolan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy

from University Press of Mississippi



WHOSE TECHNOLOGY? Protest, Resistance, and the Reshaping of the Global Village
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Finn Brunton in conversation with Ramesh Srinivasan as moderated by Shahid Buttar (Electronic Frontier Foundation)



Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, and friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Writers Who Love Too Much

Edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian

Published by Nightboat 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 (Cancelled)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

(Event Cancelled)



The Worlds of Joáo Gilberto Noll: Adam Morris in discussion with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Atlantic Hotel

by Joáo Gilberto Noll (translated by Adam Morris)



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



Alex Dimitrov and Randall Mann
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry



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



Dream Colonies, Painterlands, and the Intersection of Curating with Creation: Bruce Connor meets Walter Hopps
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Anastasia Aukman in discussion with Deborah Treisman, moderated by Paul Yamazaki