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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Two-Way Mirror
David Meltzer

Friday, September 4, 4:30PM
San Francisco, CA: CCA's Writer's Studio

Thursday, September 24, 4:30PM
San Francisco, CA: The Poetry Center


Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

Saturday, September 5, 5:20PM
Washington, DC: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00PM
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, Joshua Beckman, Micah Ballard, Cedar Sigo, Duncan McNaughton, Bill Berkson and friends

celebrating the release of John Wieners' Selected Journals, published by City Lights, and Supplication: Sel


Thursday, September 10th, 4:30PM
San Francisco, CA: The Poetry Center


Beautiful Chaos
Carey Perloff

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

Monday, September 21st, 12:10-1:25pm
Berkeley, CA: UC Berkeley


An Army of Lovers
Juliana Spahr, David Buuck

Friday, September 11th, TBA
Los Angeles, CA: CIELO Gallery, South Central

Friday, September 18th, 7pm
Buffalo, NY: SUNY-Buffalo


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

*Saturday, September 12th, 4pm
San Francisco, CA: Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids

Thursday, September 24th, 6:30-8:30pm
San Carlos, CA: The Reading Bug's Educator Night!


Shock Treatment
Karen Finley

Tuesday, September 15th, 7pm
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Art Institute

Wednesday, September 16th, 7pm
Saratoga, CA: Montalvo Arts Center


In Search of the Movement
Benjamin Hedin

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

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.



Man Alive
Thomas Page McBee

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4:00PM
Brooklyn, NY: Borough Hall Courtroom


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


Writing on the Wall
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández

Saturday, September 26, 4:00PM
Balitmore, MD: Baltimore Book Festival, Radical Bookfair Pavilion


Under the Affluence
Tim Wise

Saturday, September 26, 2:00PM
Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Book Festival, Radical Bookfair Pavilion

Saturday, September 26, 5:30PM
Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Book Festival, Literary Salon


Woman in Battle Dress
Antonio Benitez-Rojo

A Celebration of Antonio Benítez-Rojo and Woman in Battle Dress
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 5:00PM

with Jessica Powell, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Enrico Mario Santí

celebrating the release of

Woman in Battle Dress

by Antonio Benítez-Rojo

translated from the Spanish by Jessica Powell



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



Trees on Mars
Hal Niedzviecki

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, 7pm
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, Joshua Beckman, Micah Ballard, Cedar Sigo, Duncan McNaughton, Bill Berkson and friends

celebrating the release of John Wieners' Selected Journals, published by City Lights, and Supplication: Sel



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, Alastair Johnston, 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 literary classic

Fat City

published by NYRB Books



Shock Treatment
Karen Finley

Karen Finley Signing Books at City Lights!
Thursday, September 17th, NOON

Lunchtime event with Karen Finley!

Karen signs copies of Shock Treatment: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition and offers a psychic reading/intuitive bookmark to each person who purchases a copy.  A rare event. Join us!



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



Woman in Battle Dress
Antonio Benitez-Rojo

A Celebration of Antonio Benítez-Rojo and Woman in Battle Dress
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 5:00PM

with Jessica Powell, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Enrico Mario Santí

celebrating the release of

Woman in Battle Dress

by Antonio Benítez-Rojo

translated from the Spanish by Jessica Powell



24 Pages and other poems

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



The Truth is We Are Perfect
Janaka Stucky

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, Salena Godden, and master of ceremonies Chet Weise

with special guest appearance by Ginny Stanford



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, Giada Diano, Matthew Gleeson

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



I Must Be Living Twice
Eileen Myles

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



Pulp Sonnets
Tony Barnstone

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



Tanwi Nandini Islam
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

in conversation with Achy Obejas

celebrating the release of

Bright Lines

from Penguin Books



Trees on Mars
Hal Niedzviecki

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



Gabriel
Edward Hirsch

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



Barbaric Vast & Wild
Jerome Rothenberg

Jerome Rothenberg with John Bloomberg-Rissman and friends
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



Siamak Vossoughi
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

reading from his newly released short story collection

Better Than War

from University of Georgia 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!

Roy will be joined by Dale Jamieson &  Bonnie Nadzam, authors of Love in the Anthropocene



Gordon Chin
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

presents a walking tour through Chinatown

in celebration of his new book

Building Community, Chinatown Style : A Half Century of Leadership in SF
 



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



Reading Daniel Sada: An appreciation of his life and work
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

with Katherine Silver, Scott Esposito, and Ethan Nosowsky



Dodie Bellamy and David Buuck
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue
Tuesday, December 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

reading from new work



Scott Saul on Richard Pryor
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

celebrating the paperback release of

Becoming Richard Pryor

published by Harper-Collins



Jewish Noir @ City Lights !
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

with editor Kenneth Wishnia

and Eddie Muller and additional readers tba



Robert Jensen
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

discussing his new book

Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully

from Soft Skull 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