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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Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00PM
New York City, NY: The Strand

Thursday, November 13th, 7:00pm
Brooklyn, NY: WORD Bookstore


The Poetry Deal
Diane di Prima

Sunday, November 2nd, 3:00pm
Oakland, CA: Diesel Bookstore


Border Patrol Nation
Todd Miller

Monday, November 3rd, time TBA
Ithaca, NY: Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR)

Tuesday, November 4th, 7:00pm
Rochester, NY: St. John Fisher College


Thousand Times Broken
Henri Michaux

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00PM
Iowa City, IA: Prairie Lights Bookstore

Wednesday, November 12, 7:00PM
Milwaukee, WI: Woodland Pattern Book Center


Compression & Purity
Will Alexander

Saturday, November 15: 5:00PM
Los Angeles, CA: Skylight Books

Will Alexander reads from his latest poetry collections at Skylight Books! Will is the author of Compression & Purity, No. 5 in the City Lights Spotlight Series. His newest poetry collection is The Brimstone Boat, Reve



Deep Code
John Coletti

Book Party for John Coletti: Tuesday, November 25, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books

Celebrating the release of

Deep Code

No. 12 in the City Lights Spotlight Series!



       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Last Words from Montmartre
Qiu Miaojin

The ecstatic writing of Qiu Miaojin: Ari Larissa Heinrich in conversation with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights in conjunction with NYRB Books present an evening of discussion about an uncommon writer



Walter Benjamin
Howard Eiland, Michael W. Jennings

Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Various Locations, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 9, 2014

A week-long celebration of the life and work of one of the twentieth centuries great thinkers

 



Radio Benjamin
Walter Benjamin

Radio Free Benjamin
San Francisco Art Institute, 899 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 12 noon

An an interactive art installation, a radio show, a seance, and catalog of ideas

with Lecia Rosenthal

celebration the release of

Radio Benjamin

from Verso Books



Howl and Other Poems
Allen Ginsberg

The Banned Book Book Club: City Lights Edition
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

The Redar Reading Series brings its roving Banned Book Book Club to City Lights !



Blackmail, My Love
Katie Gilmartin

Subterranean SF Reading Series presents...Katie Gilmartin's "Blackmail, My Love"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, Doors 7:30 P.M., Presentation 8:00 P.M., Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)

An evening of storytelling delving into the darker side of San Francisco's 1950's Queer Underground



Sugaree Rising
J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, and J. Douglas Allen-Taylor



Hiding in Plain Sight
Nuruddin Farah

An evening with Nuruddin Farah
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hiding In Plain Sight

from Riverhead Books



Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983
Ed Piskor

An evening with Ed Piskor
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set

from Fantagraphics



Deep Code
John Coletti

Book Party for John Coletti: Tuesday, November 25, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books

Celebrating the release of

Deep Code

No. 12 in the City Lights Spotlight Series!



Bill Berkson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new poetry collection

Expect Delays

from Coffee House Press



James Laughlin Double Feature: A Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 4rth, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights celebrates the release of two new books:

The Collected Poems Of James Laughlin

Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin



On Language and Place: Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Peter Turchi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

Both celebrate new book releases from Trinity University Press



An evening with Peter Dale Scott
City Lights Booksellers , 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Discussing the subject of his new book

The American Deep State Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy

from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers



A Voice From the Underworld: Crime, Labor, Power, and the end of the Barbary Coast
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus, Pat Kadyk, Chris Carlson, and a special performance by Hazy Loper



David Calonne discussing Henry Miller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of a new book about Henry Miller from Reaktion Press