City Lights Readings and Events

 

City Lights hosts weekly events with authors from across the publishing world. Though we may once again be open for business, due to health restrictions and social distancing, we are unable to bring together groupings of people inside the store. As a result, we've moved our events online. Click on the listings below to learn more about our virtual calendar, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for regular updates. We hope to someday resume our live calendar when conditions allow.

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City Lights Authors on the Road

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Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Carribean Fragoza

Weds March 31st at 7pm PT/10pm ET
The New Short Fiction Series & City Lights Present . . .

Weds, April 7th at 12:30-1:30pm PT
AltaAsks


Build Bridges, Not Walls
Todd Miller

Todd Miller in conversation with Nick Estes
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET

Todd Miller and Nick Estes in conversation discussing

Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders

Published by City Lights Books



ELADATL
Sesshu Foster, Arturo Ernesto Romo

Sesshu Foster & Arturo Ernesto Romo in conversation with Carribean Fragoza
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the book launch of

ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines

published by City Lights Books



       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Liner Notes For The Revolution
Daphne Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks in conversation with Ann Powers
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing the new book by Daphne A. Brooks

Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound

published by Belknap Press / Harvard University Press



Verge
Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch in conversation with Lance Olsen
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform.
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from their work and talking about literature.

Lidia Yuknavitch celebrates the paperback release of

Verge: stories

Published by Riverhead Books



Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with Laila Lalami
This is a virtual event which will be held on an internet streaming platform to be announced.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 7pm PST / 10pm EDT

Bay Area Book Festival in conjunction with City Lights and Grove Atlantic Press

celebrate the release of Viet Thanh Nguyen's new novel

The Committed

published by Grove Atlantic Press



Courtney Zoffness with Rita Bullwinkel and Mat Johnson
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the publication of Courtney Zoffness' new memoir

Spilt Milk

published by McSweeney's



Joshua Mohr in conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of Joshua Mohr's new book

Model Citizen: a memoir

published by MCD/FSG



Kim Addonizio & Friends
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday March 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT/ 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of her new collection

Now We're Getting Somewhere: Poems

published by W.W. Norton



Patricia Engel joined by Roberto Lovato, Jean Guerrero, Juliana Delgado Lopera
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of her new novel

Infinite Country

published by Simon and Schuster



Pola Oloixarac in conversation with John Freeman
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET

reading and discussing her new novel

MONA

Translated by Adam Morris, published by Farrar Straus Giroux



David Thomson in conversation with Jonathan Kiefer
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the book launch of

A Light In The Dark: A History of Movie Directors

published by Alfred Knopf



Jillian C York in conversation with Ben Tarnoff
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, April 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET

discussing Jillian York's new book

Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism

published by Verso Books



Hoa Nguyen with Garrett Caples
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

Hoa Nguyen reads from her new poetry collection

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure

published by Wave Books



Rachel Kushner in conversation with Dana Spiotta
This is a virtual event to be held on Zoom. Presented by City Lights, Litquake, and Scribner Books
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of Rachel Kushner's

The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020

published by Scribner



Build Bridges, Not Walls
Todd Miller

Todd Miller in conversation with Nick Estes
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET

Todd Miller and Nick Estes in conversation discussing

Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders

Published by City Lights Books



Jesse McCarthy
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing his new book

Who Will Pay Reparations On My Soul: Essays

published by Liveright Books/W.W. Norton



Willie Vlautin in conversation with Megan Abbott
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing Willie Vlautin's new book

The Night Always Comes

published by Harper Collins



Courttia Newland in conversation with Naomi Jackson and Victor LaValle
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Noon PT / 3:00 p.m. ET

discussing Courttia Newland's newly published novel

A River Called Time

from Akashic Books



Marie Mutsuki Mockett
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing her new book

American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

published by Graywolf Press



Mira Sethi
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from her new fiction collection

Are You Enjoying?

published by Alfred Knopf



ELADATL
Sesshu Foster, Arturo Ernesto Romo

Sesshu Foster & Arturo Ernesto Romo in conversation with Carribean Fragoza
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the book launch of

ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines

published by City Lights Books



Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Carribean Fragoza

Carribean Fragoza in conversation with Héctor Tobar
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform.
Wed, April 28th 6:00pm PT / 9:00pm ET

celebrating the launch of her new book

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You

published by City Lights Books



Kate Durbin and Alex Dimitrov
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of Kate Durbin's poetry collection

HOARDERS

published by Wave Books



Mule Kick Blues
Michael McClure, Garrett Caples

Mule Kick Blues Book Release with Anne Waldman and Eileen Myles
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, May 8th, 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET

Book Launch for

Mule Kick Blues: And Last Poems

The last book by the late Beat Generation legend Michael McClure

with Anne Waldman and Eileen Myles



Michael McClure Memorial Tribute
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Sunday, May 9th, 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET

A memorial tribute to 

Michael McClure

with readings and remembrances



Francisco Goldman in conversation with Valeria Luiselli
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing his new book

Monkey Boy: a novel

published by Grove Atlantic Press



Cynthia Kaufman in conversation with Francesca Caparas
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing Cynthia Kaufman's new book

The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook

published by PM Press



Benjamin Hedin
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from his new novel

Under The Spell

published by Northwestern University Press