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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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

Saturday, September 20: time TBA
Amherst, MA: Emily Dickinson Museum

Saturday, October 4: 7:30PM
Wellfleet, MA: Wellfleet Preservation Hall


Thousand Times Broken
Henri Michaux

Saturday, September 20, 7:00PM
Sebastopol, CA: Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Thursday, October 2, 8:00PM
Hadley, MA: Flying Object


A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

Sunday, September 21, 1:00PM
Brooklyn, NY: Borough Hall Media Room

Tuesday, October 7th, 6:30 pm
Oakland, CA: Oakland Public Library - Cesar Chavez Branch


Spying on Democracy
Heidi Boghosian

Tuesday, September 30th, 7:30 pm
Kingston, RI: University of Rhode Island's 18th Annual Diversity Week


Lunch Poems
Frank O'Hara

Thursday, October 2nd, 12:10 pm
Berkeley, CA: UC Berkeley


The Poetry Deal
Diane di Prima

Tuesday, October 7th, 6:30 pm
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Public Library Main Branch


Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.


Saturday, October 11th, 5:00PM
Los Angeles, CA: Skylight Books


Nochita
Dia Felix

Sunday, October 19th, 7:00PM
New York, NY: KGB Bar


The Tranquilized Tongue
Eric Baus

Thursday, October 23, 8:00 PM
Atlanta, GA: Emory University

Friday, October 24, 8:00 PM
Raleigh, NC: So & So Bookstore


Border Patrol Nation
Todd Miller

Saturday and Sunday, October 25th & 26th, 2014
Austin TX: Texas Book Festival


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

from St. Martin's Press



Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine
Greg Prato

Les Claypool & Larry LaLonde celebrate the release of "Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool"
Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

presented by City Lights inconjunction with Akashic Books & Doc's Lab



MariNaomi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories'

published jointly by 2D Cloud and Uncivilized Books



Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay

An evening with Roxane Gay
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

Bad Feminist

from Harper Perennial



Retrievals
Garrett Caples

Wave Books Party!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 P.M

Hosted by Matthew Zapruder with Garrett Caples, Anthony McCann, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, & Rachel Zucker



George Herms
George Herms

Georges Herms
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Celebrating the release of

George Herms: The River Book
Published by Hamilton Press



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing her new book

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

from Beacon Press



Richard Kenvin on Surf Craft
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of the new book

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding

from The MIT Press



A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

Book Party for Mylene Fernández-Pintado
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 8. 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

A Corner of the World

Translated by Dick Cluster

Published by City Lights Publishers



Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.



Subterranean SF/Harboiled Fiction with an Edge presents The Litanies of Noir: A Talk Show
Undisclosed Location, by invitation only
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.cocktails, 8:00 p.m.event

hosted by Peter Maravelis (editor of San Francisco Noir)

with guests Eddie Muller, David Talbot, Ben Tarnoff

Music by Mr. Lucky and the Cocktail Party



Here On The Edge: World War II, Conscientious Objectors on the Oregon Coast, and Seeds of the Sixties
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights in conjunction with LITQUAKE present a discussion with

Steve McQuiddy, Vladimir Dupre, and Steve Dickison (of The Poetry Center at SFSU)



James Lenfestey
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Seeking the Cave
A Pilgrimage To Cold Mountain

from Milkweed Editions



Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00P.M.

Hosted by Jennifer De Leon

with Yalitza Ferreras, Erika Martinez, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Blanca Torres



Baffler Party !!!!!!!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Tom Frank and John Summers

celebrating the release of

No Future For You: Salvos from The Baffler

 



Gerald Nicosia
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Night Train to Shanghai

from Grizzly Peak Press



The ecstatic writing of Qiu Miaojin: Ari Larissa Heinrich in conversation with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights in conjunction with NYRB Books present an evening of discussion about an uncommon writer



Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Various Locations, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 9, 2014

A week-long celebration of the life and work of one of the twentieth centuries great thinkers

 



Subterranean SF Reading Series presents...Katie Gilmartin's "Blackmail, My Love"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, Doors 7:30 P.M., Presentation 8:00 P.M., Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)

An evening of storytelling delving into the darker side of San Francisco's 1950's Queer Underground



Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, and J. Douglas Allen-Taylor



An evening with Nuruddin Farah
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hiding In Plain Sight

from Riverhead Books



An evening with Ed Piskor
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set

from Fantagraphics



Bill Berkson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new poetry collection

Expect Delays

from Coffee House Press



James Laughlin Double Feature: A Tribute
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 4rth, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

City Lights celebrates the release of two new books:

The Collected Poems Of James Laughlin

Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin



On Language and Place: Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Peter Turchi
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

Both celebrate new book releases from Trinity University Press



Michelle Tea (POSTPONED)
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Release Party for

Girl at the Bottom of the Seas

(Event Postponed until Spring 2015)



David Calonne discussing Henry Miller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of a new book about Henry Miller from Reaktion Press