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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Storming the Wall
Todd Miller

Thursday, October 18th, 7:00PM
Walla Walla, WA: Whitman College, Olin Auditorium


Cruel Futures
Carmen Giménez Smith

Thursday, October 18th, 6:00PM
Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Arts Center


Retablos
Octavio Solis

Thursday, October 18th, 7pm
San Francisco, CA: LITQUAKE at the Elbo Room

 


 


Tuesday, November 13th 7:30pm
Los Angeles, CA: The ALOUD Series at the LA Library


Invocation to Daughters
Barbara Jane Reyes

Saturday, October 20th, 2:00PM
Penngrove, CA: The Sitting Room


Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Tongo Eisen-Martin

Thursday, October 25th, 1:00PM
San Francisco, CA: The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University

Thursday, October 25th, 6:30PM
Oakland, CA: Marcus Books


The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian
E.F. Granell

Saturday, November 3rd, 11:00AM
Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University


Impeaching the President
Alan Hirsch

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 9:30am
San Francisco, CA: Grace Cathedral's


Tosh
Tosh Berman

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles, CA: Skylight Books

Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore


We the Resistance
Michael G Long

Sunday, February 24th, 2019 at 1pm
Washington DC: Politics and Prose


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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John Freeman in conversation with Jaime Cortez and Rebecca Solnit
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

celebrating the release of

Freeman's Literary Journal: POWER Issue

published by Grove Press

This event cosponsored by LITQUAKE



Preserving Fire
Philip Lamantia, Garrett Caples

Preserving Fire: A meditation on the prose of Philip Lamantia
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Garrett Caples, Will Alexander, Micah Ballard, James Brook, Chris Carosi, Steve Fama, Brian Lucas, Nancy Joyce Peters, & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux



Guy Debord
Anselm Jappe

In Situ: Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, and the Situationist Moment
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7 pm

with Donald Nicholson-Smith with Anselm Jappe



The Revised Boy Scout Manual
William S. Burroughs, John M. Bennett, Geoffrey D. Smith

V Vale and Mindaugis Bagdon in conversation with Peter Maravelis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

on

William S. Burroughs'

"The Revised Boy Scout Manual" An Electronic Revolution

published by Ohio State University Press



Toward a Calculus of Transgression: Appreciating Jean-Patrick Manchette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00 pm

Donald Nicholson-Smith and James Brook discuss the life and work of the seminal genre-bending writer



Juliana Spahr
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7pm

discussing the subject of her new book

Du Bois's Telegram : Literary Resistance and State Containment

published by Harvard U. Press



The Residents
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7 pm

signing copies of their new book

The Brickeaters 

published by Feral House



Adam Hochschild
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays

published by University of California Press



Tim Mohr in conversation with Penelope Houston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Cosponsored by Rock 'n Roll Book Club of San Francisco in conjunction with City Lights and Algonquin Books

celebrating the release of

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall



Election Night with ZYZZYVA
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by Oscar Villalon

with Nestor Gomez, Matthew Zapruder, Caille Millner, Dean Rader, Ismail Muhammad, Vanessa Hua, and D.A. Powell



George Albon in conversation with Maxwell Shanley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Lyric Multiples: Aspiration, Practice, Immanence, Migration

from Nightboat Press



L.A. Kauffman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of her new book

How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance

published by University of California Press

 



Peter Nathaniel Malae in conversation with Alan Soldofsky
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Son of Amity

by Peter Nathaniel Malae - published by Oregon State University Press



Karen Finley
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Grabbing Pussy

by Karen Finley

published by OR Books



Celebrating the life and work of Lucia Berlin
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with David Berlin, Lydia Kiesling, Rachel Khong, Jim Nisbet, and Robin Sloan



Daniel Levin Becker on the Oulipo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

All That is Evident is Suspect

published by McSweeney's



Bill Berkson Tribute
San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Since When: A Memoir In Pieces

By Bill Berkson

published by Coffee House Press



Jeffrey Yang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new poetry and a new book:

Hey Marfa: poems

published by Graywolf Press



Kevin Killian
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Fascination: Memoirs

from Semiotexte



Eric Karpeles on Józef Czapski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

in conversation with Cynthia Haven

celebrating the release of three new books

from New York Review Books



Norma Cole with Steve Dickison: An Omnidawn Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of two new books of poetry

Fate News by Norma Cole and Inside Song by Steve Dickison



George Lakey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

from Melville House



Chaya Bhuvaneswar in conversation with Louise Aronson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating Chaya Bhuvaneswar's new book

White Dancing Elephants

from Dzanc Books

co-sponsored by UCSF Medical Humanities and City Lights



Roman Muradov
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presenting a polyphonic play of interconnected stories

from the new book

Vanishing Act

from Fantagraphics Books



Marcia Douglas: Natural Herstory Remix
City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

published by New Directions Books



Michael Wall in conversation with Jonathon Keats
Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, San Francisco, CA 94108, admission free, must be 21 and over
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5 p.m.

discussing

Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel



Tosh
Tosh Berman

Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore