City Lights Readings and Events

City Lights Events are sponsored by the City Lights Foundation

City Lights hosts weekly events with authors from across the publishing world. Though we may once again be open for business, due to health restrictions and social distancing, we are unable to bring together groupings of people inside the store. As a result, we've moved our events online. Click on the listings below to learn more about our virtual calendar, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for regular updates.

We hope to someday resume our live calendar when conditions allow.

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City Lights Authors on the Road

Build Bridges, Not Walls
Todd Miller

Monday, June 14th, 3PM PT
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.

Thursday, July 15th, 7:30PM ET
Event will be held on Mobilize. Click the link in the event description for info.


No Fascist USA!
Hilary Moore, James Tracy

Friday, June 25th, 12:00PM
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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reVisions: Decoding Technological Bias
This is a festival of virtual events and workshops. Consult links to attend.
June 10-18, 2021

Join City Lights, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and Gray Area for reVisions, a week-long festival exploring how technological bias shapes our cultural realities.



Culture Strike
Laura Raicovich

Laura Raicovich in conversation with Malkia Devich-Cyril
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET

discussing her new book

CULTURE STRIKE: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

published by Verso Books



Black Ocean @ City Lights
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET

with Carrie Olivia Adams, Hedgie Choi, Nathan Hoks, and Zachary Schomburg



Benjamin Hedin in conversation with James Wood
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating Ben Hedin's new novel

Under The Spell

published by Northwestern University Press



Doug Henderson in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern

discussing

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club

published by University of Iowa Press



The Nature of Drugs
Alexander Shulgin

A Celebration of the Pioneering Legacy of Sasha and Ann Shulgin
This is a virtual symposium which will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday June 26 and Sunday June 27, 2021

Presented by City Lights in conjunction with Transform Press and Synergetic Press



Honey Mine
Camille Roy

Camille Roy in conversation with Eileen Myles
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the book release of Camille Roy's new short fiction collection

Honey Mine

published by Nightboat Books

 



Kate Zambreno in conversation with T Fleischmann
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:00 pm PST / 9:00 p.m. EDT

discussing

To Write as if Already Dead

published by Columbia University Press



Dana Spiotta in conversation with Mona Awad
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, July 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from her new novel

Wayward

published by Alfred Knopf



Joel Harrison with Henry Kaiser and Nels Cline
This is a virtual event to be held on the Crowdcast platform. Click the link in the event listing for info.
Wednesday, July 14, 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern

celebrating the book launch for

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

from Terra Nova Press/The MIT Press



Matt Bell with Cecil Castellucci and Brian Evenson
Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, July 15, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of Matt Bell's new novel

Appleseed: a novel

published by Harper Collins



LOGIC MAGAZINE: FREER FUTURES
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday, July 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET


Omar El Akkad in conversaton with Tim O'Connell
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from his new novel

What Strange Paradise

published by Alfred Knopf



Matthew Specktor in conversation with Adam Pfahler
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 ET

discussing

Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California

published by Tin House



Rupa Marya and Raj Patel
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating the launch of their new book

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

published by Farrar Strauss Giroux



Brian Evenson in conversation with Sarah Rose Etter
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from

The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell

published by Coffee House Press



Marc Ribot in conversation with Elliott Sharp
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Saturday August 7, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Pacific , 3:00 p.m. Eastern

celebrating the launch of Mark Ribot's new book

Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist

published by Akashic Books



Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 6:00 pm PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from

American Estrangement

published by W.W. Norton



Benjamin Gucciardi with Eduardo C. Corral
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 6:00 pm PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

Launch Party for Benjamin Gucciardi's new poetry collection

West Portal

published by University of Utah Press



Jaime Cortez in conversation with Rebecca Solnit
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

celebrating Jaime Cortez's debut short fiction collection

Gordo

published by Grove Atlantic



Maurice Carlos Ruffin
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Thursday, August 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

reading from

The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories

published by One World



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz in conversation with Alejandro Murguía
This is a virtual event which will be held on the Zoom platform. Click the link in the event description for info.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

discussing Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's

Not A Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

published by Beacon Press