Calendar of Events
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
Harnessing street protest as a poetic formation, Villainy exhibits the desires that bring queers into public space.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
Project 1521 is a cadre of Southern California poets, scholars, and artists generating literary and visual works as acts of resistance. They will be reading from their collection, "You Will Not Be Forgotten", the first volume of poetry created by the members of this group, published by Los Angeles-based independent Hinchas de Poesía Press.
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 12:00 pm PDT
Max Porter reads from his new novel The Death of Francis Bacon published by Strange Light Books
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
A brilliant scholar imparts the lessons bequeathed by the Black community and its remarkable artists and thinkers.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
Jane Wolff in conversation with Susan Schwartzenberg celebrating Bay Lexicon: a field guide to San Francisco's shoreline, a case study in establishing a working language for hybrid landscapes.
Sunday, October 10, 2021, 6:30 pm PDT
Litquake 2021 in conjunction with City Lights, Gray Area, The Grid, and the Goethe-Institut San Francisco present an evening of discussion moderated by Vanessa Chang and Bettina Wodianka and featuring Catherine Flynn, Chen Quifan, and Robin Sloan
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
Garrett Caples reads from Lovers of Today, Cedar Sigo reading from Guard the Mysteries.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
A blistering novel about fake news, memory, and the ways in which truth gives over to fiction.
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
A thrilling, discursive second collection from “a poet for this hour—bewildered, hopeful, and cracklingly alive” (Mark Doty).
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
The first in-depth biography of Sam Francis, the legendary American abstract painter who broke all the rules in his personal and artistic life.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
Dodie Bellamy celebrates the release of two new books Bee Reaved and a reprint of The Letters of Mina Harker
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
From award-winning author Asali Solomon, The Days of Afrekete is a tender, surprising novel of two women at midlife who rediscover themselves—and perhaps each other, inspired by Mrs. Dalloway, Sula, and Audre Lorde's Zami.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
The first book to look at the life of Czesław Miłosz through a California lens. Filled with original research and written with the grace and liveliness of a novel.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
A tribute to Diane di Prima, marking one year since her passing in October 2020, with Hanif Abdurraqib, Garrett Caples, Cedar Sigo, and more special guests to be announced.
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
The first full and authoritative biography of the musical and cultural legend BB King.
Saturday, October 30, 2021, 1:00 pm PDT
A panel discussion celebrating the City Lights publication of Spring and Autumn Annals by Diane di Prima with Ammiel Alcalay, Amber Tamblyn, and Ana Božičević.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster's comprehensive, landmark biography of the great American writer Stephen Crane.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
City Lights celebrates rise of the Auntie Sewing Squad, a massive mutual-aid network of volunteers who provide free masks in the wake of US government failures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 6:00 pm PDT
Exuberant storytelling full of wry comedy, dark history, and devastating satire—by the celebrated and original author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Say You're One of Them.
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11:00 am PDT
A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America.
Thursday, November 11, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
Steven Reigns discusses his new book A Quilt For David, the hidden history of a vulnerable gay man whose life and death were turned into tabloid fodder.
Monday, November 15, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
Lucy Corin celebrates her new novel THE SWANK HOTEL published by Graywolf Press
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 5:00 pm PST
In his ambitious successor to The Great Derangement, acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh finds the origins of our contemporary climate crisis in Western colonialism's violent exploitation of human life and the natural environment.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
Charlie Jane Anders celebrates her new book NEVER SAY YOU CAN'T SURVIVE: How To Get Through Hard Times By Making Up Stories published by TORDOTCOM
Monday, November 22, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
Celebrating the debut novel by Kalani Pickhart I Will Die in a Foreign Land that follows four individuals over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives are forever changed by the Euromaidan protests.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
The author of The Secret Life of Puppets and Gothika celebrates her debut novel
Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
City Lights and Kaya Press celebrate the release of Troung Tran's new book BOOK OF THE OTHER: SMALL IN COMPARISON
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 6:00 pm PST
A significant new collection of concrete poetry that redefines what this unique literary movement means today.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:00 am PST
Christopher W Shaw discussing FIRST CLASS: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat
Monday, December 13, 2021, 2:00 pm PST
City Lights in conjunction with Fern Books present Eduardo Berti reading from his new novel An Ideal Presence