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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Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Tongo Eisen-Martin

Thursday, October 17th, 7:00PM
Tucson, AZ: Univeristy of Arizona Poetry Center


Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas

Saturday, October 19th, Time TBD
Cambridge, MA: Lesley's University Hall


United States of Distraction
Mickey Huff, Nolan Higdon

Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:30PM
Berkeley, CA: The Hillside Club


Retablos
Octavio Solis

Saturday, October 26th, 12:30-1:15pm
El Paso, TX: Fall conference of the Border Regional Library Association

Monday, October 28th, 6pm
Albuquerque, NM: Bookworks


Arcana
Stephen Jonas, Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra

Thursday, October 31st, 8PM
New York, NY: The Poetry Project


Troublemaker for Justice
Jacqueline Houtman, Michael G. Long, Walter Naegle

Saturday, November 2nd, 1pm
Minneapolis, MN: Wild Rumpus Bookstore

Saturday, November 23rd at 1pm
Miami, FL: Miami Book Fair


Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell

Tuesday, November 5th, 7:15PM
New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives

Wednesday, November 6th, 8:00PM
Brooklyn, NY: Spoonbill & Sugartown


The Grave on the Wall
Brandon Shimoda

Friday, November 8th, 6:00PM
Tucson, AZ: Antigone Books


The Promise
Silvina Ocampo

November 8th & 9th
Rochester, NY: ALTA Conference

Tuesday, November 12th @ 7pm
Brookline, MA: Brookline Booksmith


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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The Velvet Underground Experience - Litquake 2019
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Hat & Beard Press, the San Francisco Rock & Roll Book Club, and Litquake present an evening about The Velvet Underground



2nd Annual Lit Crawl Book Fair
Gray Area Art + Technology, 2665 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94110
Saturday, October 19th, 2-6PM

See us at the Lit Crawl Book Fair, the preamble to Litquake's annual set of readings in the Mission District

At Gray Area Art + Technology



Gillian Conoley and Donna de la Perrière
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry



Benedicte Maurseth
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussiing the subject of

To Be Nothing: Conversations with Knut Hamre, Hardanger Fiddle Master

published by Terra Nova Press/The MIT Press



Jarett Kobek
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new novel

Only Americans Burn in Hell

published by We've Heard You Like Books



Ramesh Srinivasan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow

Published by The MIT Press



Inside the Magnetic Fields:Surrealism @ 100
San Francisco and Berkeley, California
Tuesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 24

A festival of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the emergence of Surrealism



Savannah Shange in conversation with Patrick Camangian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco

from Duke University Press



Jerome Rothenberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating two new books

The President of Desolation & Other Poems from Black Widow Press
The Mystery of False Attachments from Word Palace



Scarlett Sabet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

reading from her new collection of poetry

Camille



Second Stutter Annual Release Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Solomon Rino

with readings by George Albon, Laura Moriarty, Joseph Lease, and Norma Cole 



Charlton D. McIlwain in conversation with E. David Ellington
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing Charlton D. McIlwain's new book

Black Software: The Internet, Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter

published by Oxford University Press



John James with Henri Cole
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of John James' new collection of poetry

The Milk Hours

published by Milkweed Editions



Forgotten Journey
Silvina Ocampo

Sunday, December 8th, 5pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights

City Lights celebrates the publication of Forgotten Journey and The Promise by Silvina Ocampo, with translators Suzanne Jill Levine, Katie Lateef-Jan & Jessica Powell!



An evening with Kal Spelletich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Catharine Clark

discussing his new project

Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots

 



Roy Scranton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

❤Oklahoma !



Terry Tempest Williams
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new book

Erosion: Essays of Undoing

published by Sarah Critchton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux