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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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



Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?
Mumia Abu-Jamal

Wednesday, December 13th, 7:00 pm
New York, NY: Harlem's Raw Space


Doc/Undoc
Felicia Rice

Friday, October 6th-Saturday, December 16th
New York, NY: The Center for Book Arts

Thursday, February 1st, 7:00pm-9:00pm
San Francisco, CA: Canessa Gallery


Loaded
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Friday, January 5th, 7:00 pm
Washington DC: Politics and Prose Bookstore

Monday, January 8th, 7:00 pm
New York, NY: Bluestockings


Whistleblower at the CIA
Melvin A. Goodman

Monday, January 8, 2018, 6pm
Chicago, IL: Seminary Co-op


Storming the Wall
Todd Miller

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco


A Good Day for Seppuku
Kate Braverman

Sunday, February 11th, 6:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA: The Federal, New Short Fiction Series


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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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

John Mellor, Hilton Obenzinger, Tony Robles, Richard Schwarzenberger, 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



A Special Screening of BARNEY'S WALL (A Film By Sandy Gotham Meehan and William Cole)
The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero, San Francisco (Admission: $12.00)
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

with appearance by Sandy Gotham Meehan inconversation with award winning performer Bill Irwin, City Lights' Paul Yamazaki, and Zyzzyva's Oscar Villalon



As Lie is to Grin

Simeon Marsalis
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

As Lie Is to Grin: A Novel

from Catapult Press



Loaded
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco


Against the Anthropocene
T.J. Demos

TJ Demos in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Gopal Dayaneni
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the new book by TJ Demos

Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today

from Sternberg Press



The Doomsday Machine
Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Admission $15.00, members $10.00)
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

from Bloomsbury Books



The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Denis Johnson

Tribute to the Life and Work of Denis Johnson
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

with Sean San Jose, Octavio Solis, Vendela Vida, and special guests

celebrating Denis Johnson's final collection of short fiction

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

from Random House



Storming the Wall
Todd Miller

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco


Jenn Pelly in conversation with Greil Marcus about THE RAINCOATS
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presented by City Lights in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Book Club

celebrating a new edition in the 33 & 1/3 series



Who Killed Hunter S Thompson
Warren Hinckle

Ransoming Pagan Babies: The Selected Writings of Warren Hinckle
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

moderated by Steve Wasserman with friends of Warren Hinckle (TBA)



James Janko with Maxine Hong Kingston
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of James Janko's

The Clubhouse Thief

published by New Issues Poetry & Prose • Western Michigan University



Mentored by a Madman
A.J. Lees

A.J. Lees on William S. Burroughs
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thuirsday, February 8, 2018, 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



The Modoc War
Robert Aquinas McNally

Robert Aquinas McNally
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

MODOC WAR: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age

from University of Nebraska Press



Shobha Rao
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Book Release Party for

Girls Burn Brighter

published by Flatiron Books



Joseph Lease
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 7. 2018, 7:00 p.m.

reading from his new poetry collection

The Body Ghost

from Coffee House Press



Vegas Tenold
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Everything You Love Will Burn

published by Nation Books



Lynne Tillman
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

Men and Apparitions: A Novel

from Soft Skull Press



Christopher Dewees with Jason Dewees
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating

A Life Among Fishes (from ORO Press)

&

Designing with Palms (from Timber Press)



Go Home! A celebration of a new anthology of Asian diasporic writing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Esmé Weijun Wang



Robert Hass / David Koehn
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

presented by Omnidawn Press