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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Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Tongo Eisen-Martin

Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00PM
Oakland, CA: Diesel, a Bookstore

Saturday, September 23rd, 5:00PM
St. Louis, MO: BookFest St. Louis, 510 N. Euclid


Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell

Thursday, September 21st, 7pm
New York, NY: McNally Jackson

Saturday, November 18th & Sunday, November 19th
Miami, FL: Miami Book Fair


and then we became
devorah major

Friday, September 29th, 7:00PM
Grass Valley, CA: The Open Book

Friday, October 21st, 7:30PM
San Francisco, CA: The Make Out Room


Like a Dog
Tara Jepsen

Friday, September 29th, 7:30PM
Los Angeles, CA: Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 4th, 7:30PM
Los Angeles, CA: Skylight Books


Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Saturday, October 7th, Time TBD
Los Angeles, CA: Autry Museum of the American West


venture of the infinite man
Pablo Neruda

The Infinite Man: A Celebration of Pablo Neruda
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00PM

Litquake and City Lights present on the occasion of LITQUAKE 2017

"Infinite Man: A Pablo Neruda Celebration"

with Mark Eisner, Jessica Powell, Forrest Gande



Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure

Friday, October 13, 6:00pm
Tacoma, WA: Cascadia Poetry Festival


Storming the Wall
Todd Miller

Monday, October 23rd, 12:00PM
Chicago, IL: Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing, 0505

Tuesday, October 24th, 6:00PM
Chicago, IL: 57th St. Books


Whistleblower at the CIA
Melvin A. Goodman

Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30pm
Baltimore, MD: Pratt Library Event Series

Sunday, November 5th, 4pm
Sykesville, MD: A Likely Story Bookstore


On to the Next Dream
Paul Madonna

Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Book Festival


Invocation to Daughters
Barbara Jane Reyes

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

celebrating the release of

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16, Invocation To Daughters.

Reading together with David Brazil.



Eugenio F. Granell Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with David Coulter and Garett Caples

celebrating the release of

The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian

by Eugenio F. Granell

published by City Lights Books



Doc/Undoc
Felicia Rice

Friday, October 6th-Saturday, December 16th
New York, NY: The Center for Book Arts


       

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Since I Laid My Burden Down
Brontez Purnell

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

author of

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

from Feminist Press

with a special appearance by The Younger Lovers



Live Cinema and Its Techniques

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



Why Poetry
Matthew Zapruder

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



The Age of Perpetual Light
Josh Weil

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



Crash Override

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



The Doubles
Scott Esposito

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



Gondwana
Nathaniel Tarn

Nathaniel Tarn
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new collection of poetry

Gondwana

from New Directions Publishing



Radical Technologies
Adam Greenfield

Adam Greenfield
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday October 4th, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life

from Verso Books



Reclaiming Gotham
Juan Gonzalez

Juan González in conversation with John Avalos
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, Admission is Free
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Presented by City Lights in conjunction with Renaissance Journalism and The New Press

Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities

from The New Press



venture of the infinite man
Pablo Neruda

The Infinite Man: A Celebration of Pablo Neruda
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00PM

Litquake and City Lights present on the occasion of LITQUAKE 2017

"Infinite Man: A Pablo Neruda Celebration"

with Mark Eisner, Jessica Powell, Forrest Gande



LOGIC Magazine Release Party-TECH IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
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: TECH IN THE AGE OF TRUMP



Nomadland
Jessica Bruder

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



Afterglow
Eileen Myles

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



The Cuban Club
Barry Gifford

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 in conversation with Brontez Purnell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 7:00PM

discussing Tara Jepsen's new novel

Like a Dog published by City Lights Books

 


Breaking the Spell
Chris Robé

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



Here in Berlin
Cristina García

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



Micheline Aharonian Marcom in conversation with Rikki Ducornet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

The Brick House 

from AWST Press



Invocation to Daughters
Barbara Jane Reyes

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

celebrating the release of

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16, Invocation To Daughters.

Reading together with David Brazil.



The House of Government

Yuri Slezkine
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St San Francisco, CA 94104, Admission $10.00, Members Free
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

in conversation with Bertrand M. Patenaude

celebrating the release of

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution

from Princeton University Press



Who Reads Poetry? Views from Poetry Magazine
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with Don Share, editor of Poetry Magazine, and Fred Sasaki, Poetry's art director joined by friends



Technicians of the Sacred
Jerome Rothenberg

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<



The King is Always Above the People
Daniel Alarcón

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



Antifa
Mark Bray

Mark Bray
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

from Melville House



George Lakey
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

presenting a talk titled

A NATION DIVIDED: What can we learn from the Nordics?



Mentored by a Madman
A.J. Lees

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



Ghostnotes

Brian "B+" Cross in conversation with Jeff Chang
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed 

published by University of Texas Press



Cuz
Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

from Liveright Books ( a division of W.W. Norton)



Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason
David Harvey

David Harvey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason

from Oxford University Press



Madness
Sam Sax

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



Ithuriel's Spear @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

with new releases from

Hilton Obenzinger and Tony Robles (poetry), and Richard Schwarzenberger (short stories) and special guest appearance by Sin Sorocco



Eugenio F. Granell Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with David Coulter and Garett Caples

celebrating the release of

The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian

by Eugenio F. Granell

published by City Lights Books



Matthew McIntosh
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

theMystery.doc

published by Grove Press



Assembly
Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri

Michael Hardt in conversation with Joshua Clover
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of Michael Hardt's new book

Assembly

Co-authored with Antonio Negri

from Oxford University Press