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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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure

Saturday, October 21st, 7:30pm
Victoria, BC Canada: The Roxy Theatre


The Earth Wants YOU
Reverend Billy Talen

Saturday, October 21st, 6:00pm
Birmingham, UK: Birmingham Fierce Festival, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Sunday, October 22nd, 7:30pm
Newcastle, UK: Blackfriars Hall


and then we became
devorah major

Saturday, October 21st, 7:30pm
San Francisco, CA: The Make Out Room


venture of the infinite man
Pablo Neruda

Sunday, October 22nd, 3:00pm
Los Angeles, CA: Book Soup


Storming the Wall
Todd Miller

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

Monday, October 23rd, 3:00pm
Chicago, IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Lower level SH Stevenson Hall


Whistleblower at the CIA
Melvin A. Goodman

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

Tuesday, November 7th, 6:30pm
Washington, DC: East City Bookstore


Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00pm
Washington, DC: Anacosita Arts Center

Wednesday, October 25th, 7:30pm
Baltimore, MD: Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse


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

 

Thursday, October 26th, 7:00pm
Oakland, CA: MacArthur Annex


Breaking Through Power
Ralph Nader

Friday, October 27th, 2:00pm
New Haven, CT: Yale University


Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Monday, October 30th, 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA: UCLA, Royce Hall


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.



Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell

Sunday, November 19th, 11:00am
Miami, FL: Miami Book Fair, Room 2106


The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian
E.F. Granell

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


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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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



David Meltzer Memorial Tribute
Humanities Auditorium, HUM 133, San Francisco State University, entrance near Tapia Drive, just off Holloway Avenue
Sunday November 12, 2017, 3–5pm

 

with Garrett Caples, Steve Dickison, Clark Coolidge, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Marina Lazarra, Michael McClure, Julie Rogers, Jerome Rothenberg, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux. on video: Diane di Prima and Lawrence Ferlinghetti



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 UC Press



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



Viking Economics
George Lakey

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



*Logic ISSUE 3: JUSTICE Launch Party @ The Canessa Gallery
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 6 pm.

Hosted by Ben Tarnoff with Angèle Christin, Sam Greenspan, and Gillian Terzis



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



The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian
E.F. Granell

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



theMystery.doc
Matthew McIntosh

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