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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Whistleblower at the CIA
Melvin A. Goodman

Sunday, July 23rd, 1pm
Washington, DC: Politics and Prose Bookstore

Thursday, July 27, 6:30pm
New York, NY: New York Public Library


and then we became
devorah major

Thursday, August 10th, 5:00PM
San Francisco, CA: Musuem of the African Diaspora

Thursday, August 17th, 6:00PM
San Francisco, CA: Musuem of the African Diaspora


Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Tongo Eisen-Martin celebrates the release of Number 61 in the Pocket Poets Series Heaven Is All Goodbyes published by City Lights Books.



Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell

Friday, September 15th; Time TBA
New York, NY: Cabinet of Wonders

Sunday, September 17th, Time TBA
Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Book Festival


Like a Dog
Tara Jepsen

Tara Jepsen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 7:00PM

Tara Jepsen reading from Like a Dog published by City Lights Books

 


Invocation to Daughters
Barbara Jane Reyes

Barbara Jane Reyes
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 7th 2017, 7:00PM

Barbara Jane Reyes celebrates City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16, Invocation To Daughters. Reading together with David Brazil.



       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Fall 2017 Events

City Lights will take a break from events

from July 1st until September 7th when the calendar

will resume again



John Nichols
City Lightas Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America

from Nation Books



Ellen Ullman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology

published by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Jarett Kobek
Location: Offsite, Undisclosed, To Be Announced
Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

will be curating a live action game

in celebration of the release of two new books

The Future Won't Be Long (from Viking)

&

Soft & Cuddly (from Boss Fight Books)



Ryan Gattis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

Safe

published by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Daniel Kane
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Do You Have a Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City

from Columbia University Press



Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Tongo Eisen-Martin celebrates the release of Number 61 in the Pocket Poets Series Heaven Is All Goodbyes published by City Lights Books.



Once and Future Planet: Plants, Water, and People.
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

with Red Hen Press authors Florencia Ramirez, Pope Brock, and Karen Gettert Shoemaker



Karen Tei Yamashita
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of her new book

Letters to Memory 

from Coffee House Press



Brontez Purnell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

appearing in person !!!!!

author of

Since I Laid My Burden Down: An uninhibited exploration of growing up gay in 1980s Alabama

from Feminist Press



Francis Ford Coppola
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

a reception and signing celebrating the release of

Live Cinema and Its Techniques

by Francis Ford Coppola

published by Liveright Publishing



Matthew Zapruder
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Why Poetry

from Ecco Press



Josh Weil
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

The Age of Perpetual Light

from Grove Press



Zoe Quinn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate

from Public Affairs Books



Scott Esposito in conversation with Micheline Aharonian Marcom
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Doubles

by Scott Esposito

published by Civil Coping Mechanisms



LOGIC Magazine Release Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Litquake and City Lights present on the occasion of LITQUAKE 2017

A LOGIC MAGAZINE Release Party: SEX ISSUE



Jessica Bruder
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

published by W.W. Norton



Eileen Myles
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Afterglow (a dog memoir)

from Grove Press



Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Cuban Club: Stories

from Seven Stories Press



Like a Dog
Tara Jepsen

Tara Jepsen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 7:00PM

Tara Jepsen reading from Like a Dog published by City Lights Books

 


Chris Robé
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

discussing his newly released book

Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas

from PM Press



Cristina García
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Here In Berlin: A Novel

from Counterpoint Press



Invocation to Daughters
Barbara Jane Reyes

Barbara Jane Reyes
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 7th 2017, 7:00PM

Barbara Jane Reyes celebrates City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16, Invocation To Daughters. Reading together with David Brazil.



Jerome Rothenberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Technicians of the Sacred, Third Edition: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, Revised and Expanded, 50th Anniversary

published by University of California



Daniel Alarcón
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories

published by Riverhead Books



A.J. Lees on William S. Burroughs
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his newly released book

Mentored By A Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

published by Notting Hill Editions, distributed by New York Review Books



Sam Sax & D.A. Powell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Sam Sax's new poetry collection

MADNESS

published by Penguin Books