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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Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Friday, February 12th, 9:00am
Boston, MA: Emerson College

Sunday, February 21st, 3:00-4:00pm
Ukiah, CA: Mendocino College


Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Friday, February 12th, 9:00AM
San Diego, CA: San Diego State University

Thursday, March 3rd, 7:00PM
Milwaukee, WI: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Union Ballroom


Shock Treatment
Karen Finley

Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00pm
Hartford, CT: Mark Twain House

Weds Feb 24th, 6pm
New York, NY: NYU Bookstores


Writing on the Wall
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández

Thursday, February 18th, 7:30PM
Oakland, CA: First Congressional Church of Oakland


National Insecurity
Melvin A. Goodman

Saturday, February 27th, 7:00pm
Sarasota, FL: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center


Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Roy Scranton

Monday, March 7th, 7:00pm
Chapel Hill, NC: Flyleaf Books

Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 6pm
Salt Lake City, Utah: Sam Weller's Books


Jack Hirschman with Manhaz Badihian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the releasse of

Like This: The Poems of Rumi

 



Rad American Women A-Z
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

Thursday, March 10th, 6:00pm
Palo Alto, CA: Books Inc.

Saturday, March 12th, 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland, CA: Oakland Public Library, Cesar Chavez branch in Fruitvale


Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Thursday, March 17th, 4:30PM
San Francisco, CA: The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University


The Beats Abroad
Bill Morgan

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:00PM
Cambridge, MA: Porter Square Books


The Gilda Stories
Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez
City Lights
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release Party and Celebration for

The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

from City Lights Books. Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Times.



Out of Print
Julien Poirier

Julien Poirier celebrating the release of City Lights Spotlight No. 14
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release party for the new poetry collection

Out of Print

published by City Lights Books



The Earth Wants YOU
Reverend Billy Talen

Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00pm
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Release party for The Earth Wants YOU! published by City Lights



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)



       

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I Hate the Internet
Jarett Kobek

Jarett Kobek
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

I Hate the Internet: A Useful Novel

published by We Heard You Like Books

with a special appearance by Kevin Killian



What Lies Between Us
Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

reading from her new novel

What Lies Between Us

from St. Martin's Press



The Child Poet
Homero Aridjis

Homero Aridjis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Child Poet

published by Archipelago Books

with a special appearance by Chloe Aridjis



Cities I've Never Lived In
Sara Majka

Sara Majka and Naomi Williams in conversation with Yiyun Li
City Lights Booksellers. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Sara Majka and Naomi Williams celebrate new releases

co-sponsored by Graywolf Press and A Public Space



How Music Dies (or Lives)
Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan on the life and death of music
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts



The Man Without a Shadow
Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

The Man Without A Shadow

from Harper/Ecco



Jack Hirschman with Manhaz Badihian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the releasse of

Like This: The Poems of Rumi

 



Prodigals
Greg Jackson

Greg Jackson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Prodigals: Stories

published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Innocents and Others
Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta @ Cafe Zoetrope
Cafe Zoetrope, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, Ca 94133
Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

reading and signing for her new novel

Innocents and Others

published by Scribner



Bullies
Alex Abramovich

Alex Abramovich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Bullies: A Friendship

published by Henry Holt & Co.



My Brain on Fire
Leonard Pitt

Leonard Pitt
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release Party for

My Brain on Fire: Paris and Other Obsessions

published by Soft Skull Press



An Unrestored Woman
Shobha Rao

Shobha Rao
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

An Unrestored Woman

published by Flatiron Books



All Stories Are Love Stories
Elizabeth Percer

Elizabeth Percer
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

All Stories Are Love Stories

from Harper Collins



Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus
Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Discussing his new book

THROWING ROCKS AT THE GOOGLE BUS:

How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

published by Portfolio Books



High Dive

Jonathan Lee In conversation with Colin Winnette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Jonathan Lee's

HIGH DIVE

published by Alfred Knopf

This event is co-sponsored by Electric Literature.



Here Come the Dogs

Omar Musa
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Here Come the Dogs: A Novel

published by The New Press



You Are Not Your Fault
Wes Nisker

Wes "Scoop" Nisker
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday. April 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release Party and Book Signing for

You Are Not Your Fault and Other Revelations

from Soft Skull Press



Tony Serra
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Scaffold: A Treason Death Penalty Trial

published by Grizzly Peak Press



At the Existentialist Café
Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell @ The Mechanics' Institute Library
Mechanics' Institute Library, 50 Post Street, San Francisco, near Post and Market Streets
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m. (admission - Public: $10.00, Members: Free)

City Lights in conjunction with the Mechanics' Institute Library present

Sarah Bakewell discussing

At the Existentialist Café

published by Other Press

 



Elizabeth Crane in conversation with Eden Lepucki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Elizabeth Crane's new novel

The History of Great Things

from Harper-Perennial



The Gilda Stories
Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez
City Lights
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release Party and Celebration for

The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

from City Lights Books. Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Times.



You Belong to the Universe
Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats on Buckminster Fuller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future

from Oxford University Press



Out of Print
Julien Poirier

Julien Poirier celebrating the release of City Lights Spotlight No. 14
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Release party for the new poetry collection

Out of Print

published by City Lights Books



The Earth Wants YOU
Reverend Billy Talen

Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00pm
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Release party for The Earth Wants YOU! published by City Lights



William E. Jones
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the life and times of Boyd McDonald and his infamous journal Straight to Hell

 



Red Hen Press @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 7pm

with Percival Everett, Brynn Saito and Maxine Hong Kingston



Ali Eteraz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Native Believer

published by Akashic Books



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



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



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.

celebrating the release of

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

CONVERSATIONS IN JAZZ: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews

both edited by Toby Gleason

publishe



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



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)



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



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