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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Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

Thursday, June 30th, 9:00PM
Oakland, CA: The New Parish

Thursday, July 7th, 7:00PM
Los Angeles, CA: Eso Won Books

Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

Wednesday, July 6th, 10:45AM
Stratford Festival: Stratford, Ontario

The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir
Susan Daitch

Tuesday, July 12th, 7:00pm
Brooklyn, NY: Unnameable Books

Monday, July 25th, 7pm
New York, NY: McNally Jackson

Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Sunday, August 7th, 7:15PM
Farmington, CT: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hill-Stad Museum

Wednesday, August 24th, 7:00pm
Newtonville, MA: Newtonville Books

Shock Treatment
Karen Finley

Tuesday, September 6th, 7PM
Provincetown, MA: Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Thursday, September 8th, 7PM
Cambridge, MA: Harvard Bookstore

The Gilda Stories
Jewelle Gomez

Sunday, October 30th, 3pm
San Francisco, CA: Borderlands Books


Readings at the Bookstore

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Rikki Ducornet
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

reading from her new novel


published by Coffee House Press

Missile Paradise
Ron Tanner

Indie Press Night featuring Ig Publishing
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

with Sean Carswell and Ron Tanner

Of Poetry & Protest

Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbuis Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Co-hosted by Tamara Cushway and Michael Warr. Readings by devorah major, CS Giscombe, Al Young, and Michael Warr.

Dadaglobe Reconstructed
Tristan Tzara

Dada World Fair 2016
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 1 through Saturday, November 12, 2016

A 100th anniversary celebration of DADA

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