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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On to the Next Dream
Paul Madonna

Saturday, April 29th, 7:30pm
Berkeley, CA: Pegasus Books

Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:30pm
San Francisco, CA: Booksmith


Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

Monday, May 1st, 3:00PM
Berkeley, CA: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society


Holy Ghost
David Brazil

Thursday, May 4th, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco State University, The Poetry Center

David Brazil with Julien Poirier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

David Brazil celebrates the release of

Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight #15)

published by City Lights Books



Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Roy Scranton

Thursday, May 11, 7pm
Housing Works Bookstore, New York, NY


Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell

Saturday, May 13th, 7:30pm
Baltimore, MD: Bird in Hand Bookstore

Monday May 15th at 6pm
Philadelphia, PA: Penn Book Center


Whistleblower at the CIA
Melvin A. Goodman

Saturday, May 20th, 10:35-11:05am
Gaitherburg, MD: Gaithersburg Book Festival

Tuesday, June 20, 1pm
Corte Madera, CA: Book Passage


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Flight Risk
James Nolan

James Nolan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy

from University Press of Mississippi



WHOSE TECHNOLOGY? Protest, Resistance, and the Reshaping of the Global Village
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Finn Brunton in conversation with Ramesh Srinivasan as moderated by Shahid Buttar (Electronic Frontier Foundation)



Writers Who Love Too Much
Dodie Bellamy

Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, and friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Writers Who Love Too Much

Edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian

Published by Nightboat Books



On Tokyo's Edge
Gordon Ball

Gordon Ball
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new short story collection

On Tokyo's Edge

from Red Mountain Press



Atlantic Hotel
João Gilberto Noll

The Worlds of João Gilberto Noll: Adam Morris in discussion with CJ Evans
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Atlantic Hotel

by João Gilberto Noll (translated by Adam Morris)



October
China Miéville

China Miéville
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

from Verso Books



Holy Ghost
David Brazil

David Brazil with Julien Poirier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

David Brazil celebrates the release of

Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight #15)

published by City Lights Books



Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell

Madison Smartt Bell
READS at CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE!
THURSDAY, MAY 25TH AT 7pm

celebrating the release of

Behind the Moon

published by City Lights Books



Jess Arndt
City Lights Bookjsellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her short fiction debut

Large Animals

Published by Catapult Press

 



Laleh Khadivi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Micheline Aharonian Marcom  

celebrating the release of

A Good Country

By Laleh Khadivi

from Bloomsbury Publishing



Mark Hull
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, June 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Impostor

co-authored by Mark Hull and Vera Moynes

from University of Oklahoma Press

 



Exist Otherwise The Life and Works of Claude Cahun
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Jennifer L. Shaw in conversation with Kit Schluter



Together and By Ourselves
Alex Dimitrov

Alex Dimitrov and Randall Mann
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry



Kit Schluter in conversation with Garrett Caples
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Coluymbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

exploring the work of Marcel Schwob

on the occasion of the release of

The King in the Golden Mask

by Marcel Schwob, (translated bt Kit Schluter)

Published by Wakefield Press



Achy Obejas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from her new short story collection

The Tower of the Antilles

from Akashic Books



Whistleblower at the CIA
Melvin A. Goodman

Melvin Goodman
READS at CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE!
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence

Published by City Lights Books



Sophie Calle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Ars Citizen in conjunction with City Lights

celebrate the release of

Rachel Monique

published by by Editions Xavier Barral



Welcome to Painterland

Dream Colonies, Painterlands, and the Intersection of Curating with Creation: Bruce Conner meets Walter Hopps
City Lights Bookseller, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Anastasia Aukeman in discussion with Deborah Treisman, moderated by Paul Yamazaki