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

Wednesday, May 4th, 7:30PM
Santa Clara, CA: Santa Clara University, Music Recital Hall

Thursday, May 12th, 6:00PM
Seattle, WA: University of Washington, Husky Stadium, Club Husky


The Earth Wants YOU
Reverend Billy Talen

Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00pm
Seattle, WA: The Elliott Bay Book Company

Thursday, May 5th, 7:00pm
Bellingham, WA: Village Books


Out of Print
Julien Poirier

Saturday, May 7th, 7:00PM
St. Louis, MO: Gondo Reading Series

Friday, May 13th, 7:00PM
Oakland, CA: Diesel


The Gilda Stories
Jewelle Gomez

Friday, May 13th, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Atlanta, GA: Charis Bookstore

Saturday, May 14, 7:30pm
Baltimore, MD: Red Emmas


Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

Thursday, June 2nd, 7:30PM
Berkeley, CA: The Freight & Salvage

Sunday, June 5th, 1:30PM
Berkeley, CA: The Freight & Salvage


Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Wednesday, July 6th, 10:45AM
Stratford Festival: Stratford, Ontario


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Nothing Ever Dies
Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing Viet Thanh Nguyen's new book

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

from Harvard University Press



The Mechanical Horse
Margaret Guroff

Margaret Guroff discussing how the bicycle reshaped American Life
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life

from University of Texas Press

Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition



Music in the Air
Ralph J. Gleason, Toby Gleason

An Appreciation of Ralph J. Gleason: Popular Music's Preeminent Commentator
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Toby Gleason in conversation with Al Young

celebrating the release of

MUSIC IN THE AIR: The Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason

CONVERSATIONS IN JAZZ: The Ralph



Cold War Anthropology
David H. Price

David Price
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology

from Duke University Press



The Way to the Spring
Ben Ehrenreich

Ben Ehrenreich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

from Penguin Press



Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

Chinaka Hodge
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Dated Emcees

published by City Lights Books (Sister Spit Imprint). With Tongo Eisen-Martin & RyanNicole.



Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with special guest CA Conrad, joined by Kevin Killian, Juliana Spahr, Marianne Morris, & Lara Durback, along with painter Yuh-Shioh Wong, hosted by David Buuck



The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with Stephanie Sauer and Ella Maria Diaz

co-sponsored by San Francisco Art Institute and University of Texas Press



Rikki Ducornet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

reading from her new novel

Brightfellow

published by Coffee House Press



Indy Press Night featuring Ig Publishing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

with Sean Carswell and Ron Tanner



Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbuis Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Co-hosted by Tamara Cushway and Michael Warr. Reading by numerous poets, TBA



Dada World Fair 2016
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 1 through Saturday, November 12, 2016

A 100th anniversary celebration of DADA

with film screenings, installations, lectures, roundtables, and performances