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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Deep Code
John Coletti

Sunday, December 21, 3:30PM
Brooklyn, NY: Dynaco
Sunday, December 21, 3:30PM

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


Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Thursday, January 8, 2:00PM EST / 11:00AM PST
Reddit
Thursday, January 8, 2:00PM EST / 11:00AM PST

Thursday, January 8, 3:00-6PM EST / 12:00-3:00PM PST
Goodreads
Thursday, January 8, 3:00-6PM EST / 12:00-3:00PM PST


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


Women in Public
Elaine Kahn

Elaine Kahn reads new poetry
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



       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Zyzzyva celebrates its 30th Anniversary!
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

hosted by Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon

with a special presentation by Octavio Solis



The Up-Down
Barry Gifford

An evening with Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

Reading from his new novel

The Up -Down

from Seven Stories Press



A Terrible Beauty
Jonah Raskin

The Highway and the Wilderness: Dennis McNally and Jonah Raskin in conversation with Peter Maravelis
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Ca 94133
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

Discussing

On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

by Dennis McNally

&

A Terrible Beauty

by Jonah Raskin



The Complete Zap Comix
R. Crumb

ZAP Comics Celebration
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Robert Williams, Victor Moscoso, and Paul Mavrides

discussion moderated by Gary Groth and Ron Turner

 



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

discussing the release of his 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 D. Harlan Wilson of Anti-Oedipus Press and 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

 



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



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

Elaine Kahn reads new poetry
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



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



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 Cult

both by Nelson George



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