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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Lunch Poems
Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara's LUNCH POEMS, 50th Anniversary All-Star Reading
McRoskey Mattress Co. in San Francisco
Friday, February 6, 6:30PM


Thousand Times Broken
Henri Michaux

Thursday, February 12, 7:00PM
Portland, OR: Lewis and Clark College
Thursday, February 12, 7:00PM


Here Come the Warm Jets
Alli Warren

Thursday, February 19, 4:30PM
San Francisco, CA: The Poetry Center


Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Sunday, March 8th, 7pm
San Francisco, CA: A.C.T

Saturday, March 14th, 3pm
Los Angeles, CA: Samuel French Film & Theatre Bookshop


Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Women in Public Book Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Women in Public

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 13



Deep Code
John Coletti

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
New York, NY: The Poetry Project
Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Rad American Women A-Z
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

Rad American Women A to Z Book Party!
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Saturday, March 28th, 12:30pm

City Lights celebrates the publication of our first kid's book!



       

Readings at the Bookstore

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The Internet Is Not the Answer
Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen in conversation with Robin Sloan
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the release of Andrew Keen's new book

The Internet Is Not The Answer

from Atlantic Monthly Press

 



The Sacrifice
Joyce Carol Oates

An evening with Joyce Carol Oates
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from her new book

The Sacrifice: A Novel

from Ecco Press



Ghettoside
Jill Leovy

Jill Leovy in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the the subject of her new book

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Published by Spiegel & Grau



Texas
Carmen Boullosa

Carmen Boullosa in conversation with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing

Texas: The Great Theft

by Carmen Boullosa

translated by Samantha Schnee



Welcome to Braggsville
T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson in conversation with April Sinclair
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel

Welcome to Braggsville

from William Morrow Books



Hell and Good Company
Richard Rhodes

An evening with Richard Rhodes
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of his new book

Hell and Good Company:
The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made

from Simon & Schuster



Germany
Laurence A. Rickels

Laurence Rickels in conversation with James Reich
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of Laurence Rickel's

GERMANY: A Science Fiction

from Anti-Oedipus Press



Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island
Colette

Zack Rogow and Renée Morel on Colette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 5:00 P.M.

discussing

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island
and Other Previously Untranslated Gems

from SUNY Press

 



The Age of Dignity
Ai-Jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing

The Age of Dignity:
Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

from The New Press



Don't Let Him Know
Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Don't Let Him Know

from Bloomsbury Publishing



Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Women in Public Book Party
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Women in Public

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 13



The Sellout
Paul Beatty

An evening with Paul Beatty
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

in conversation with Oscar Villalon

celebrating the release of

The Sellout

from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux



The Hippest Trip in America
Nelson George

Nelson George in conversation with Adam Mansbach
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of two new books

The Lost Treasures of R&B

&

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style

both by Nelson



Rad American Women A-Z
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

Rad American Women A to Z Book Party!
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
Saturday, March 28th, 12:30pm

City Lights celebrates the publication of our first kid's book!



The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

The Sympathizer

from Grove Press