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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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Wednesday, September 28th, 7:00PM
East Lansing, MI: RCAH Theatre, Michigan State University

Friday, September 30th, 7:30PM
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, Buskirk-Chumley Theater


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

Thursday, September 29th, 6:30PM
Berkeley, CA: Berkeley High Little Theatre, Berkeley High School

Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: Make-Out Room


Incidents of Travel in Poetry
Frank Lima, Garrett Caples, Julien Poirier

Friday, September 30th, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: Folio Books

 



Breaking Through Power
Ralph Nader

Saturday, October 1, 1pm
Washington, DC: Politics & Prose

Saturday, October 15th, 7:00pm
Hartford, CT: The Mark Twain House & Museum


Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Thursday, October 6th, 6pm
San Francisco, CA: SF Main Library

Thursday, October 13th, 6-10pm
San Francisco, CA: The Exploratorim


Stray Poems
Alejandro Murguía

Sunday, October 9th, 11:00AM
Mill Valley, CA: Mount Tamalpais

Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: Make-Out Room


Save Twilight: Selected Poems
Julio Cortázar

Wednesday, October 12th, 7:30PM
San Francisco, CA: Green Apple Books on the Park


Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

Thursday, September 29th, 6:30PM
Berkeley, CA: Berkeley High Little Theatre, Berkeley High School

Friday, October 14th, 8:00PM
San Francisco, CA: Doc's Lab


Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Saturday, October 22nd, 4:30PM
New York, NY: Zinc Bar


The Gilda Stories
Jewelle Gomez

Sunday, October 30th, 3pm
San Francisco, CA: Borderlands Books


Lost Profiles
Philippe Soupault

Tuesday, November 15th, 7:00PM
Oakland, CA: Diesel, a Bookstore

Sunday, November 20th, 4:00PM
Los Angeles, CA: Artbook @ Hauser Wirth & Schimmel


and then we became
devorah major

devorah major
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book of poetry

and then we became

published by City Lights Books


Thursday, April 6th, 12:10PM
Berkeley, CA: Morrison Library in Doe Library, UC Berkeley Campus


Mephistos and Other Poems
Michael McClure

Michael McClure
City Lights
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new collection of poetry

Mephistos and Other Poems

published by City Lights!


Tuesday, December 6th, 7:30 pm
Berkeley, CA: Moe's Books




       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Birth of a Dream Weaver
Ngugi Wa'Thiong'O

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from and discussing his new book

Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer's Awakening

from The New Press



ZYZZYVA No. 107

ZYZZYVA Fall 2016 Issue Celebration
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon

Featuring contributors Christopher Adamson, Heather Altfeld, Ann Cummins, Lori Ostlund, and Austen Leah Rosenfeld



Staying with the Trouble
Donna J. Haraway

Donna J. Haraway
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

from Duke University Press



Spooked
Nicholas Schou

HOT BOOKS Inaugural Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

City Lights celebrates an exciting new publishing venture

Hosted by David Talbot

with Rebecca Gordon, Nicholas Schou, and Alexander Zaitchik



Buck Studies
Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Buck Studies

from Fence Books



The Angel of History
Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Angel of History

from Atlantic Monthly Press



Shelter in Place
Alexander Maksik

Alexander Maksik
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Shelter in Place

from Europa Editions



Dwelling
Aliki Barnstone

The Barnstones @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

A rare evening with the entire Barnstone clan: Aliki, Tony, and Willis. They will be reading excerpts from both new and old poetry and prose.



Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Tuesday, October 11th, 7pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights

Thursday, October 13th, 6-10pm
San Francisco, CA: The Exploratorim


The Reactive
Masande Ntshanga

An evening with Masande Ntshanga
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

reading from his acclaimed new novel

The Reactive

from Two Dollar Radio



LitQuakes Barbary Coast Awards
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
Thursday, October 13th, 8:00PM

honoring

Maxine Hong Kingston, Alejandro Murguía, Jewelle Gomez, Michael Krasny, City Lights' own Paul Yamazaki, Justin Chin, & more.



WORD/JAZZ with Chinaka Hodge & Friends
Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave San Francisco, CA, 94133 (Admission: $20)
Fri, October 14, 2016 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

with Chinaka Hodge, devorah major, RyanNicole and the Broun Fellinis



Breaking Through Power
Ralph Nader

Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm!!!
at City Lights Bookstore

celebrating the release of

Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think,

published by City Lights Books. Introduced by Matt Gonzalez.


Monday, September 26th - Thursday, September 29th
Washington DC: Carnegie Institution & Constitution Hall


A Spare Life
Lidija Dimkovska

An evening with Lidija Dimkovska
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new novel

A Spare Life

published by Two Lines Press



Never Look an American in the Eye
Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Never Look An American In The Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American

from Soho Press



23/7
Keramet Reiter

Keramet Reiter
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

from Yale University Press

Co-sponsored by Uncommon Law



The Death of Teddy Ballgame
Robert Mailer Anderson

Molotov Editions Kick-Off Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating the release of new books from

Robert Mailer Anderson and Domenic Stansberry



The Psycho Records
Laurence A. Rickels

An Afternoon of Pre-All Hallows Eve Mischief with Laurence Rickels
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

exploring the the deep recesses of

The Psycho Records

from Wallflower Press



Lost Profiles
Philippe Soupault

Lost Profiles: A Parisian Dada Salon
San Francisco, CA: Mechanics' Institute Library
Wednesday, November 9th, 6:00PM

Release Party for Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, by Philippe Soupault, published by City Lights Books. With editor Garett Caples, translator and poet Alan Bernheimer



Dadaglobe Reconstructed
Tristan Tzara

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



David Sax
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

from Public Affairs Books



and then we became
devorah major

devorah major
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book of poetry

and then we became

published by City Lights Books



Mephistos and Other Poems
Michael McClure

Michael McClure
City Lights
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of his new collection of poetry

Mephistos and Other Poems

published by City Lights!



Wild Man: A Discussion of the Life and Death of Jack London (1876-1916)
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street @ Washington, 
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

with Jonah Raskin, Susan Nuernberg, Geoffrey Dunn and Tarnel Abbott, Jack London's great granddaughter



Eavan Boland with Ari Banias
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating the release of two new books of poetry

both published by W.W. Norton



Freeman's 2
John Freeman

John Freeman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Freeman's: Family: The Best New Writing on Family

published by Grove Press



Larry Bogad on Tactical Performance
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

 

 



The Syracuse Codex
Jim Nisbet

Jim Nisbet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the paperback release of

The Syracuse Codex

published by The Overlook Press



Rebecca Solnit
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas

from University of California Press



Sarah Jaffe
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

from Public Affairs Books