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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In Search of the Movement
Benjamin Hedin

Thursday, July 30th, 7pm
Raleigh, NC: Quail Ridge Books

Friday, September 18th, 3pm
Cambridge, MA: Harvard Bookstore


Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Thursday, July 30th, 10am
Stratford, ON: The Stratford Festival Laboratory

Thursday, September 10th, 7pm
San Francisco: Presidio Dialogues


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

Wednesday, August 5th, 5pm
Ithaca, NY: Buffalo Street Books

Saturday, August 8th, 11am
Brooklyn, NY: Greenlight Bookstore


Two-Way Mirror
David Meltzer

Thursday, August 27th, 7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA: Bird & Beckett Books and Records


Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Saturday, September 5, Time TBA
Washington, DC: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Tuesday, September 15 at Time TBA
Washington, DC: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building


Stars Seen in Person
John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart

Stars Seen in Person: A Tribute to John Wieners
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Garrett Caples, Michael Seth Stewart, and friends

celebrating the release of John Wieners' Selected Journals, published by City Lights



Shock Treatment
Karen Finley

Tuesday, September 15th
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Art Institute

Wednesday, September 16th, 6pm
Oakland, CA: Mills College, Public Works show


Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Roy Scranton

Wednesday, September 23rd, 7:30pm
Brooklyn, NY: Powerhouse Arena

Thursday, September 24th, 6:30pm
Athens, GA: Avid Bookshop


The Bell Tolls for No One
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne

David Stephen Calonne on Charles Bukowski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7pm

celebrating the release of

The Bell Tolls for No One

by Charles Bukowski (edited by David Stephen Calonne)

published by City Lights Books



Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future

from Seven Stories Press



Disposable Futures
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux

Wednesday, November 11th
New York, NY: Book Culture


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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Stars Seen in Person
John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart

Stars Seen in Person: A Tribute to John Wieners
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Garrett Caples, Michael Seth Stewart, and friends

celebrating the release of John Wieners' Selected Journals, published by City Lights



A Manual for Cleaning Women
Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson

Best Kept Secrets: The Fiction of Lucia Berlin
Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, (cross street Grant Ave.) Admission Free
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 6:30 P.M.

Opening statement by Stephen Emerson, with readings by Gloria Frym, Barry Gifford, August Kleinzahler, Jim Nisbet, and Michael Wolfe.



Dragonfish
Vu Tran

Subterranean SF Reading Series presents Vu Tran's Dragonfish
Undisclosed location, by invitation only, black envelopes available at City Lights 8/31. 21 and over, please
Thursday, September 10, 2015, doors 7:00 p.m. event 7:30 p.m.

An evening of adrenaline fueled storytelling



Everyone Has Their Reasons
Joseph Matthews

Joseph Matthews
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new novel

Everyone Has Their Reasons

from PM Press



The Entropy of Bones
Ayize Jama-Everett

Ayize Jama-Everett
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of two new books

The Entropy of Bones

&

The Liminal War

both from Small Beer Press



Fat City
Leonard Gardner

Leonard Gardner in conversation with Eddie Muller
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the re-release of the noir classic

Fat City

published by NYRB Books



Mission High
Kristina Rizga

Kristina Rizga
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing her new book

Mission High:
One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph

from Nation Books



In Search of the Movement
Benjamin Hedin

Ben Hedin & Radio Silence Magazine
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Wednesday, September 23rd, 7:00 P.M.

Ben Hedin

reads from and discusses

In Search of the Movement

published by City Lights.



Horizontal Collaboration
Mel Gordon

Mel Gordon
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco, by invitation only, Invites become available 9/8/2015 at City Light
Thursday, September 24, 2015, Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World of Paris, 1920-1946

from Feral House



Gillian Conoley, Lisa Fishman and Richard Meier
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 7. 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from new poetry



Third Man Books @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

with Sampson Starkweather, Paige Taggart, Janaka Stucky, and master of ceremonies Chet Weise



Freeman's
John Freeman

John Freeman in conversation with Oscar Villalon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, October 19, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating John Freeman's new literary venture

Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival

from Grove Press

 



Writing Across the Landscape
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of his new book

Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013

from Liveright Books/W.W. Norton



Eileen Myles
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014

from Ecco/HarperCollins



Scrapper
Matt Bell

Matt Bell returns to City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbua Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new novel

Scrapper

from Soho Press



Tony & Willis Barnstone
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from new works



The Devil's Chessboard
David Talbot

David Talbot
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday October 28, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

discussing his new work

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

from HarperCollins



The Bell Tolls for No One
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne

David Stephen Calonne on Charles Bukowski
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7pm

celebrating the release of

The Bell Tolls for No One

by Charles Bukowski (edited by David Stephen Calonne)

published by City Lights Books



Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future

from Seven Stories Press



Edward Hirsch
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Gabriel: A Poem

from Alfred A. Knopf



Jerome Rothenberg
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present

published by Black Widow Press



Drinking the Devil's Acre
Duggan McDonnell

Duggan McDonnell
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, November 12, 2015, cocktails 6:30 p.m., discussion 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter From San Francisco and her Cocktails

from Chronicle Books



Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Roy Scranton

Roy Scranton
Bay Area Book launch at City Lights
Friday, November 13th, 7pm

Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization

published by City Lights!



Barry Gifford
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from

Writers:13 Vignettes

from Seven Stories Press



Dada World Fair 2016
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 3 through Saturday, November 12, 2016

A 100th anniversary celebration of DADA

with film screenings, installations, lectures, roundtables, and performances