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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Arcana
Stephen Jonas, Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra

Arcana: A Tribute to Stephen Jonas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, Brian Lucas, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Micah Ballard, Sophia Dahlin, and Terry Taplin

celebrating the release of

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader

published by City Lights Books


Saturday, May 11th, 3:00PM
New York, NY: Poets House, Elizabeth Kray Hall


Torn from the World
John Gibler

Wednesday, April 24th, 7pm
El Cajon, CA: Grossmont College



Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas

Thursday, April 29th 7pm
New York, NY: Bluestockings

Tuesday, April 30th 7pm
New York, NY: The New School University Center


Spring and Autumn Annals
Diane di Prima

Tuesday, May 14th, 7:00PM
New York, NY: Poets House


We the Resistance
Michael G. Long

Weds May 15th, 7pm
Harrisburg, PA: Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Sunday, May 19th 7pm
Philadelphia, PA: Wooden Shoe Books & Records


Deep Code
John Coletti

Sunday, May 19th, 7:00PM
Sebastopol, CA: North Bay Letterpress Arts

Friday, May 24th, 6:30PM
Reno, NV: Sundance Books and Music


Retablos
Octavio Solis

Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm
Independence, Kansas: William Inge Theatre

Sunday, June 2nd 4:00pm
New York, NY: Word Up


More Gone
Edmund Berrigan

Sunday, May 19th, 7:00PM
Sebastopol, CA: North Bay Letterpress Arts

Edmund Berrigan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:00PM

reading from his new book poems

More Gone

Volume 18 in the City Lights Spotlight Series



The Stone Building and Other Places
Aslı Erdoğan

Thursday, August 22nd, 7pm
New York, NY: McNally Jackson Booksellers


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Arcana
Stephen Jonas, Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra

Arcana: A Tribute to Stephen Jonas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, Brian Lucas, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Micah Ballard, Sophia Dahlin, and Terry Taplin

celebrating the release of

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader

published by City Lights Books



Mitochondrial Night
Ed Bok Lee

Ed Bok Lee
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Mitochondrial Night: Poems

from Coffee House Press



Neda Atanasoski in conversation with Kalindi Vora
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of their new book

Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures

published by Duke University Press



Grace Schulman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her book

Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage

published by Turtle Point Press



Foucault in California
Simeon Wade

Foucault in California
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Heather Dundas in conversation with David Wade



Southern Nights
Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Southern Nights Trilogy: Night People, Arise and Walk, Baby Cat Face

from Seven Stories Press



Chia-Chia Lin in conversation with D. Wystan Owen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new novel

The Unpassing

published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Andrew Ross
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel

published by Verso Books



ZYZZYVA's Art Issue Celebration
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon

with Cate Lycurgus, Dean Rader, Jordan Kantor, Rusty Morrison, and Mira Rosenthal



Jo Lendle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

reading from and speaking about

All the Land

published by Seagull Books

copresented by Goethe Institut San Francisco



Saskia Vogel
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new novel

Permission

published by Coach House Books



Namwali Serpell in conversation with Ismail Muhammad
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading from and discussing her new novel

The Old Drift

from Hogarth Books



Max Porter
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Lanny: a novel

from Graywolf Press



More Gone
Edmund Berrigan

Edmund Berrigan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:00PM

reading from his new book poems

More Gone

Volume 18 in the City Lights Spotlight Series



Finn Brunton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency

from Princeton University Press



Allan Peterson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

reading poetry from

This Luminous: New and Selected Poems

from Panhandler Books



Erik Davis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies

from MIT Press



Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

with David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, D.A.  Powell, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Randall Mann, and Roberto Bedoya



Louise Aronson
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

from Bloomsbury Books



David Rothenberg in conversation with Elliot Sharp
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Nightingales in Berlin:Searching for the Perfect Sound  from University of Chicago Press

IrRational Music from Terra Nova Books