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.

Live From City LightsSubscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher to our podcast series, LIVE! From City Lights––broadcasting events and archives from City Lights Books & Publishers.

Our virtual events series is being uploaded to our Youtube page. Subsribe to our channel to watch events you missed!

 

City Lights Authors on the Road

see more events for City Lights authors >>


Funeral Diva
Pamela Sneed

Tuesday Oct 20, 8pm EDT / 5pm PST
The Brookline Booksmith hosts Pamela Sneed! (Held Virtually)

Wednesday Oct 21st, 4pm PT/ 7pm EDT
The Poetry Project, NYC


20 in 2020: Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY ONE
This is a virtual weekend of events that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EDT

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) with readings by poets in the series



20 in 2020: Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY TWO
This is a virtual weekend of events that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EDT

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) Readings by poets in the Spot Light Series



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

Thursday, October 29th, 7:00PM
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.


Every Day We Get More Illegal
Juan Felipe Herrera

Thursday, Nov 12th, 7pm PST / 10pm EST
A virtual event hosted by Copperfield's Bookstores, Northern California


Little Hill
Alli Warren

Wednesday, November 18th, 8PM
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.


       

Readings at the Bookstore

see more events at City Lights Bookstore >>


Gary Kamiya with Paul Madonna
This is a virtual event to be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

celebrating their new book

Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City

published by Bloomsbury Books



Third Man Books Night @ City Lights
This virtual event will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

with Robert Gordon, Alison Mosshart, and Shere Renée Thomas

Hosted by Peter Maravelis/City Lights



Funeral Diva
Pamela Sneed

Friday, October 23rd, 5pm PST/ 8pm EDT
Litquake & City Lights Present the Book Launch for Funeral Diva!


20 in 2020: Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY ONE
This is a virtual weekend of events that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EDT

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) with readings by poets in the series



20 in 2020: Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY TWO
This is a virtual weekend of events that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EDT

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) Readings by poets in the Spot Light Series



Mauro Javier Cárdenas in conversation with Carlos Fonseca
This virtual event will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

reading from his new novel

Aphasia

published by Farrar Straus Giroux



Maw Shein Win and Nathalie Khankan with Su Hwang and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
This virtual event will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

reading new poetry

presented by Omnidawn Books



Ishmael Reed with Tennessee Reed
This is a virtual event to be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PT | 9:00 p.m. ET

Reading from new poetry

Why The Black Hole Sings The Blues

by Ishmael Reed

Califia Burning: Poems 2012-2019

by Tennessee Reed

published by Dalkey Archive



Sun Ra's Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 EDT

William Sites in conversation with John Corbett



Under the Dome
Jean Daive

Under the Dome: Paul Celan at 100 Celebration
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PT | 9:00 p.m. ET

a reading and discussion of the great Paul Celan

on the occasion of his 100th birthday

with Judith Butler, Fady Joudah, D.S. Marriott, Hosted by Robert Kaufman



Derek McCormack and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

A Semiotexte Books Double Bill with two razor-sharp writers of fiction