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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Out of Print
Julien Poirier

Thursday, March 30th, 7:00PM
Brooklyn, NY: Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop


On to the Next Dream
Paul Madonna

Saturday, April 1st
San Francisco, CA: 3 Fish Studios

Paul Madonna
City Lights
Wednesday, April 19th 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

On To The Next Dream

published by City Lights Books



Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Tuesday, April 4th, 7:30PM
Kent, OH: Kent State University, The Kiva

Thursday, April 6th, 5:00PM
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, Barker Center, Thompson Room


Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

Wednesday, April 5th, 7:30PM
Oakland, CA: Impact Hub

Friday, April 7th, 7:00PM
Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech


Love Works
Janice Mirikitani

Thursday, April 6th, 8:00PM
San Francisco, CA: SFJazz


and then we became
devorah major

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

Sunday, April 9th, 8:00PM
San Francisco, CA: SFJazz Center


Breaking Through Power
Ralph Nader

Saturday, April 8th, 1pm
Canton, CT: Barnes and Noble


The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir
Susan Daitch

Tuesday, April 11th, 7pm
New York, NY: Hotel Andaz Wall Street


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



Holy Ghost
David Brazil

Thursday, May 4th, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco State University, The Poetry Center

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



Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell

Saturday, May 13th, 7pm
Baltimore, MD: Bird in Hand Bookstore

Monday May 15th; 6pm
Philadelphia, PA: Penn Book Center


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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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



Small Homes
Lloyd Kahn

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 Rojas Contreras



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



On to the Next Dream
Paul Madonna

Paul Madonna
City Lights
Wednesday, April 19th 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

On To The Next Dream

published by City Lights Books



American War
Omar El Akkad

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



Third Man Books @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

with erica lewis and Rita Bullwinkel 
reading from new work



Oakland Noir
Eddie Muller, Jerry Thompson

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)



October
China Miéville

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



Holy Ghost
David Brazil

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



Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell

Madison Smartt Bell
City Lights
Thursday, May 25th, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Behind the Moon

published by City Lights Books



Laleh Khadivi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Micheline Aharonian Marcom  

celebrating the release of

A Good Country

By Laleh Khadivi

from Bloomsbury Publishing



Mark Hull
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, June 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Impostor

co-authored by Mark Hull and Vera Moynes

from University of Oklahoma Press

 



Exist Otherwise The Life and Works of Claude Cahun
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Jennifer L. Shaw in conversation with Kit Schluter



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



Kit Schluter in conversation with Garrett Caples
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Coluymbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

exploring the work of Marcel Schwob

on the occasion of the release of

The King in the Golden Mask

by Marcel Schwob, (translated bt Kit Schluter)

Published by Wakefield Press



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



Welcome to Painterland

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 Aukeman in discussion with Deborah Treisman, moderated by Paul Yamazaki