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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Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00PM
New York, NY: McNally Jackson

Wednesday, July 18th, 7:00PM
New York, NY: Langston Hughes House


Invocation to Daughters
Barbara Jane Reyes

Thursday, August 2nd, 6:30PM
San Francisco, CA: Asian Art Museum, North Court

Saturday, September 8th, 7:30PM
San Francisco, CA: The Make Out Room



Loaded
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Wednesday, September 5th, 6pm
Albuquerque, NM: Bookworks

Thursday, September 27, 7 pm
Minneapolis, MN: First Unitarian Society


       

Readings at the Bookstore

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The Event Season continues in September 2018......

City Lights will take a break from events for the months of July and August. We will resume events in September.



Ingrid Rojas Contreras
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of her debut novel

Fruit of the Drunken Tree 

from Random House



Vanessa Hua
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept 6, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of

A River of Stars

published by Ballentine Books



R.O. Kwon
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of

The Incendiaries 

from Riverhead Books



The Situationists and May 1968: An Evening with Ken Knabb
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept 13, 2018, 7pm

A discussion exploring the situationists' key influence on the nationwide May 1968 revolt in France



Margaret Randall
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018, 7pm

celebrating the release of

Time's Language: Collected Poems

from Wings Press



Peter Phillips
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

discussing the subject of his new book

Giants: The Global Power Elite

By Peter Phillips

Introduction by William I. Robinson

published by Seven Stories Press



Forrest Gander in conversation with Jonathan Santlofer (moderated by Susan Steinberg)
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, 7pm

celebrating two new books:

Be With - by Forrest Gander - from New Directions 

Widows Notebook - by Jonathan Santlofer - from Penguin 



Eileen Truax in conversation with Lauren Markham (moderated by Ian Gordon)
Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Admission : Public $10.00, Members FREE
Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm

discussing the subject of

We Build the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond

by  Eileen Truax

(from Verso Books)



Preti Taneja
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, 7 pm

reading from her new debut novel

We That Are Young

published by Alfred Knopf



Léonora Miano
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 7 p.m

City Lights in conjunction with the Cultural Services of the Consul General of France in San Francisco and Seagull Press present

Léonora Miano

in a special appearance



Voices of Witness @ City Lights
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7 pm

celebrating the release of

Six By Ten: Stories From Solitary Confinement

published by Haymarket Books 



John Freeman in conversation with Rebecca Solnit
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

celebrating the release of

Freeman's Literary Journal: POWER Issue

published by Grove Press

This event cosponsored by LITQUAKE



In Situ: Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, and the Situationist Moment
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7 pm

with Donald Nicholson Smith with Anselm Jappe

 



Toward a Calculus of Transgression: Appreciating Jean Patrick-Manchette
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00 pm

Donald Nicholson-Smith and James Brook discuss the life and work of the seminal genre-bending writer



Juliana Spahr
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7pm

discussing the subject of her new book

De Bois' Telegram : Literary Resistance and State Containment

published by Harvard U. Press



The Residents
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7 pm

signing copies of their new book

The Brickeaters 

published by Feral House