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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Border Patrol Nation
Todd Miller

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, Noon to 1pm
Portland, Oregon: Portland Community College, Rock Creek

Friday, April 25th , 7:00 pm
Tucson, AZ: Antigone Bookstore


Tender Buttons
Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow

Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch

Thursday, April 24th, 6:30 pm
Austin, TX: Malvern Books


An Army of Lovers
Juliana Spahr, David Buuck

Friday, April 25th, Time TBA
Los Angeles, CA: Poetic Research Bureau

May 8-10, 2014
Copenhagan, Denmark: Gertrude Stein Conference


Here Come the Warm Jets
Alli Warren

Wednesday, April 30th, 7:00pm
Milwaukee, WI: Microlights


Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure

Thursday, May 1st, 7:00 pm
Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, Cinema


Spying on Democracy
Heidi Boghosian

Thursday, May 8th, 6:30pm
Portland, OR: McMenamins Mission Theatre


Green Is the New Red
Will Potter

May 1st-19th, 2014
Various Locations, Australia


Targeting Iran
David Barsamian, Ervand Abrahamian, Noam Chomsky, Nahid Mozaffari

Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch


Stray Poems
Alejandro Murguía

Thursday, May 22nd, 7:30pm
Berkeley, CA: Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts


Nan Dòmi
Mimerose Beaubrun

Friday, May 23rd, time TBA
Brooklyn, NY: Five Myles Gallery


Sister Spit
Michelle Tea

Sunday, June 1st, 7:00 PM
Manhattan, NY: Bluestockings


National Insecurity
Melvin A. Goodman

Tuesday, June 3rd, 6:00pm
Kansas City, MO: National Archives


Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

Sunday, June 1st, 7:00 PM
Manhattan, NY: Bluestockings

Sunday, June 8th, time TBA
New York City, NY: Bowery Poetry Club and Cafe


The Tranquilized Tongue
Eric Baus

Book Party for Eric Baus
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Tranquilized Tongue

the latest in the City Lights Spotlight Poetry series!


Wednesday, July 2nd, 7:00pm
Brooklyn, NY: Berl's Poetry Bookstore


Lunch Poems
Frank O'Hara

Wednesday, June 11th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
New York City, NY: The Poetry Project


Yokohama Threeway
Beth Lisick

Sunday, June 1st, 7:00 PM
Manhattan, NY: Bluestockings

Brooklyn — Tuesday, June 24th, 7:00pm
Brooklyn, NY: WORD Bookstore


Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Sunday, June 1st, 7:00 PM
Manhattan, NY: Bluestockings

Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.



       

Readings at the Bookstore

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An evening with Tony Serra
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Tony Serra: The Green, Yellow and Purple Years in the Life of a Radical Lawyer from Grizzly Peak Press



Poets in Resistance to Eviction and Removal
International Hotel, Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, 94133
Friday, April 25th, 2014, 6-9pm

Local poets and activists in an evening of poetry and education

with Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, Caroline Calderon, Jack Hirschman , Alan Kaufman, Jenny Lim, and others



Tess Taylor and DA Powell
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

City Lights in conjunction with Zyzzyva present an evening of poetry

Hosted by Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor, Zyzzyva



The Falling Sky
Davi Kopenawa

An evening with Yanomami spokesperson and shaman Davi Kopenawa
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St San Francisco, CA 94133 - Admission Free
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman from Harvard University Press



Kate Gale, Douglas Kearney, and Peggy Shumaker
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Reading from new poetry books



Fridays at Enrico's
Don Carpenter

Fridays @ Enrico's: A Tribute to Don Carpenter
The Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant) San Francisco, CA 94108
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7:00 P.M. Admission Free, RSVP required

with Peter Coyote, Curt Gentry, Louis B. Jones, Anne Lamott, and Jane Vandenburgh

Hosted by Peter Maravelis/City Lights



ZYZZYVA's 100th Issue Celebration
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street San Francisco CA 94105
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30 P.M.

ZYZZYVA is thrilled to invite you to join them and City Lights in celebrating their landmark 100th issue!

with Michael Krasny, Daniel Handler, Po Bronson, Robert Hass and more.



Society of the Spectacle
Guy Debord

Ken Knabb discussing the work of Guy Debord
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating Ken Knabb's new translation of

Society of the Spectacle

by Guy Debord



Unstill Life
Gabrielle Selz

Gabrielle Selz
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing the release of her new memoir

Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir of Art and Love in the Age Of Abstraction

from W W Norton



Next Life Might Be Kinder
Howard Norman

Howard Norman
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

reading from

Next Life Might Be Kinder

from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Chris Felver
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of

American Jukebox

from University of Indiana Press



The Tranquilized Tongue
Eric Baus

Book Party for Eric Baus
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Tranquilized Tongue

the latest in the City Lights Spotlight Poetry series!



Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

discussing their new novel

The Silent History

from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux



Peter Orlovsky, a Life in Words: Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer
City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

with Bill Morgan, Joanne Kyger, and Michael McClure



Adam Wilson & Lucy Corin
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the release of Adam Wilson's new short story collection

What's Important Is Feeling

from Harper Perennial



Joshua Weil
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his new novel

The Great Glass Sea

from Grove Atlantic



Last Stories and Other Stories
William T. Vollmann

An evening of ghost stories with William T Vollman
Location: undisclosed, by invitation.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Reading 7:30 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Last Stories and Other Stories

from Viking



Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

Book Party for Lenelle Moïse
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

celebrating the release of

Haiti Glass

by Lenelle Moïse

The latest poetry collection in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea!



An evening with Scholastique Mukasonga
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbuis Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

with opening statements by Jill Schoolman (Archipelago Press)

celebrating the release of

Our Lady of the Nile

translated by Melanie Mauthner

published by Archipelago Press



Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Book Party for Thomas Page McBee
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

 

Celebrating the release of 

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

The latest memoir in the City Lights/Sister Spit series, edited by Michelle Tea.