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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Retablos
Octavio Solis

*Thursday, February 27th, 7pm
San Francisco, CA: Z Space

Saturday March 14th & Sunday March 15th, 2020
Tucson, AZ: Tucson Festival of Books


No Fascist USA!
Hilary Moore, James Tracy

Hilary Moore & James Tracy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements

published by City Lights Books


Wednesday, March 25th, 7:30PM
Portland, OR: Powell's City of Book


United States of Distraction
Mickey Huff, Nolan Higdon

Thursday, March 26th, 7:30PM
Portland, OR: Powell's Books on Hawthorne


Race Man
Julian Bond, Michael G. Long

Saturday, April 4th, 1pm
Washington DC: Politics & Prose

Friday, April 17th
Washington, DC: SNCC 60th anniversary


Surrealism
Penelope Rosemont

Friday, April 17th, 6:00PM
Chicago, IL: 57th Street Books


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Megan Fernandes with Sam Sax, Jay Deshpande, and Kai Carlson-Wee
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating Megan Fernandes' new collection of poetry

Good Boys 

published by Tin House Books



Dodie Bellamy and Anthony Huberman in conversation
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind

Edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Anthony Huberman

published by Semiotext(e) Books, distributed by The MIT Press



Fellini Turns 100/ La Natura Morta De La Dolce Vita
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Presentation by Mauro Zanetti

sponsored by Leonardo da Vinci Society, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, and the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco on the occasion of Frederico Fellini's 100th Birth Day celebrations

 


Javad Djavahery in conversation with Laleh Khadivi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new novel

My Part of Her

translated by Emma Ramadan, published by Restless Books



Lloyd Kahn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbua Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Slideshow/Talk celebrating the release of

The Half Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening

from Shelter Publications



Nomadic Press @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

with Tureeda Mikell, Josiah Luis Alderete, Ayodele Nzinga, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Genny Lim, James Cagney, Dr. James P. (Jimmy) Garrett, music by Azuah



Shana Redmond
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday March 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson

from Duke University Press



Los Próximos Pasos (a dignidadliteraria townhall)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, March 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

An evening of discussion and expression of solidarity moderated by Josiah Luis Alderete with panelists: Roberto Lovato, Monica Zarazua, Alan Pelaez Lopez, and Ricardo Tavarez



William J. Drummond
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Prison Truth: The Story of the San Quentin News

from University of California Press



Lisa Robertson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

The Baudelaire Fractal

published by Coach House Books



Chris Carlsson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories

from Pluto Press



No Fascist USA!
Hilary Moore, James Tracy

Hilary Moore & James Tracy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements

published by City Lights Books



Alexandra Mattraw with Tiff Dressen and Maw Shein Win
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Alexandra Mattraw's new poetry collection

We fell into Weather

from Cultural Society



Robert Glück in conversation with Brandon Brown
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the new edition of

Margery Kempe

by Robert Glück, introduction by Colm Tóibín

published by New York Review Books



Archive 48 Release Party: The Earthly Days of Jose Revueltas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Binational publisher Archive 48, dedicated to Mexican and U.S. literature, launches its U.S. wing with the first-ever English translation of an important work by José Revueltas. Join us to celebrate its release. 



Beth Lisick
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Edie On The Green Screen: A Novel

published by 7.13 Books

event cosponsored by Litquake



Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai in conversation with Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Mountains Sing

from Workman Publishing Company



Fayette Hauser and Friends
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

THE COCKETTES

published by Process Books/Feral House



Robert Williams
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Colombus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating his new book

Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination

published by Fantagraphics



Melville House @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Malcolm Harris in conversation with Curtis White, moderated by Jenny Odell



John Gibler
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:00 P.M.

a rare appearance from the City Lights' author of Torn from the World: A Guerrilla's Escape from a Secret Prison in Mexico



Wendy Liu
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

from Repeater Books



Ilya Kaminsky and Tess Taylor
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of two new books from Tess Taylor

Rift Zone:poems and Last West



Peniel E. Joseph in conversation with Dr. Waldo E. Martin Jr.
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday April 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

from Basic Books

 



Frank Wilderson III
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Afropessimism

published by Liveright Books / W.W. Norton



Katherine Silver in conversation with Mauro Javier Cárdenas
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Carlos Onetti meets Julio Ramón Ribeyro in an evening of discussion between a master translator and an award winning novelist



Maurice Carlos Ruffin in conversation with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin reading from

We Cast A Shadow

published by One World



Daniel Denvir
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It

published by Verso Books



Little Hill
Alli Warren

Alli Warren
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Little Hill

published by City Lights Books



Robert Mailer Anderson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating his new graphic novel

Windows on the World

published by Fantagraphics Books

Co-authored with Zack Anderson and Jon Sack



Ainissa Ramirez
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

from The MIT Press



Alia Volz in conversation with Paul Yamazaki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San francisco
Tuesday May 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Alia Volz's new book

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco



Karen Tei Yamashita (POSTPONED)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

-----EVENT POSTONED-----

celebrating the release of her new short fiction collection

Sansei and Sensibility

published by Coffee House Press

-----EVENT POSTPONED------


Margaret Randall in conversation with Garrett Caples
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Margaret Randall's new book

I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary

from Duke University Press



Berkeley Noir with Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of the the new crime fiction anthology

Berkeley Noir

published by Akashic Books



Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of their new book

Killer Apps: War, Media, Machine

published by Duke University Press



Jennifer Worley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Book Release Party for

Neon Girls: A Stripper's Education in Protest and Power

from Harper Collins



Facing You
Uche Nduka

Uche Nduka
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Facing You (City Lights Spotlight Series No. 19

published by City Lights Books