Events

All of our events and programs are supported and hosted by the City Lights Foundation, dedicated to sustaining a vibrant community of readers, writers, and independent thinkers. Click on the listings below to learn more about each event, and sign up here to receive our weekly calendar!

Calendar of Events

Thomas Crow in conversation with Carrie Lambert-Beatty

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Thomas Crow in conversation with Carrie Lambert-Beatty

City Lights and Princeton University Press celebrate the publication of The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge - By Thomas Crow - Published by Princeton University Press

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Miss Major (POSTPONED)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Miss Major (POSTPONED)

ATTENTION: This event has been postponed due to publication delays. We will be announcing a new date as soon as we are able. City Lights and Verso Books celebrating the publication of Miss Major Speaks: The Life and Legacy of a Black Trans Revolutionary - by Miss Major With Toshio Meronek - published by Verso Books

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Sam Woolley in conversation with Jeff Horwitz

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Sam Woolley in conversation with Jeff Horwitz

City Lights in conjunction with Yale University Press celebrate the publication of Manufacturing Consensus: Understanding Propaganda in the Era of Automation and Anonymity - By Sam Woolley - published by Yale University Press

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adrienne maree brown in conversation with dream hampton

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 12:00 pm PST

adrienne maree brown in conversation with dream hampton

adrienne maree brown reading from her new novel Maroons: A Grievers Novel - Published by AK Press

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Peter Turchi in conversation with Austin Kleon

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Peter Turchi in conversation with Austin Kleon

Peter Turchi in conversation with Austin Kleon discussing (Don't) Stop Me if You've Heard This Before (and Other Essays on Writing Fiction) - by Peter Turchi - published by Trinity University Press

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Isabel Waidner in conversation with Maxe Crandall

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 12:00 pm PST

Isabel Waidner in conversation with Maxe Crandall

City Lights in conjunction with Graywolf Press celebrate the publication of Sterling Karat Gold - By Isabel Waidner -  Published by Graywolf Press

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Anastasia C. Curwood discussing the life and work of Shirley Chisholm

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Anastasia C. Curwood discussing the life and work of Shirley Chisholm

City Lights celebrates the publication of Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics - by Anastasia C. Curwood - published by University of North Carolina Press

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Ayize Jama-Everett in conversation with Tân Khánh Cao

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Ayize Jama-Everett in conversation with Tân Khánh Cao

City Lights in conjunction with Medicine for Nightmares and Small Beer Press celebrate the publication of Heroes of an Unknown World : a novel - by Ayize Jama-Everett - published by Small Beer Press

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Dennis McKenna & Friends

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Dennis McKenna & Friends

City Lights in conjunction with Synergetic Press celebrate the publication of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna - by Dennis McKenna - published by Synergetic Press with Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, Bruce Damer, PhD, and  Luis Eduardo Luna. Moderated by Jasmine Virdi,

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Margaret Randall in conversation with Garrett Caples

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Margaret Randall in conversation with Garrett Caples

City Lights, Casa Urraca Press, and Wings Press celebrate the publication of Lupe’s Dream and other stories (published by Wings Press) and Vertigo of Risk: poems (published by Casa Urraca Press)

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John Sayles

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6:30 pm PST

John Sayles

City Lights and Melville House celebrate the publication of Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade's Journey (a novel) by John Sayles - Published by Melville House - This event will be both broadcast online and take place inside City Lights Bookstore located at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. Those of you who have registered for a virtual event will still be able to experience it on zoom. Although facial covering is not mandatory for this event, we highly recommend it. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. No registration required for the in-store event, Registration is however required to view the virtual portion of this program.

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Humanizing Education:  Equity, Belonging & Justice for Immigrant and Refugee Students in U.S. Schools

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 11:00 am PST

Humanizing Education:  Equity, Belonging & Justice for Immigrant and Refugee Students in U.S. Schools

City Lights, in conjunction with the University of San Francisco School of Education and Refugee and Immigrant Transitions, presents a half-day virtual symposium with two plenary and three break-out group discussions to explore how educators, school and district leaders, social service providers, and community partners can work together to better support immigrant and refugee students. With Lisa Auslander, Monisha Bajaj, Lesley Bartlett, Emily Francis, Gabriela Martínez, Jo Napolitano, Jane Pak, Kajal Shahali, Sailaja Suresh, and Daniel Walsh.  Nadia Elbgal, the 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, will deliver an opening poem to begin the proceedings. Admission to all sessions is free. Registration is required. Visit the event listing for registration info.

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Lakiesha Carr in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Lakiesha Carr in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

City Lights celebrates the publication of An Autobiography of Skin (A Novel) - by Lakiesha Carr - Published by Pantheon Books

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Priya Guns

Thursday, March 9, 2023, 8:00 pm PST

Priya Guns

City Lights celebrates the publication of Your Driver Is Waiting - By Priya Guns - Published by Doubleday

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Maggie Millner

Monday, March 13, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Maggie Millner

Maggie Millner is joined in conversation by Megan Fernandes, Sam Sax and Oscar Villalon

Maggie Millner reads from her debut book "Couplets" - Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This event is both live in-store and virtual. It is free to the public. To watch online you will need to register. While attending in-store, seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Masks are optional, but highly recommended.

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Kathy E. Ferguson discussing “Letterpress Revolution”

Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Kathy E. Ferguson discussing “Letterpress Revolution”

City Lights and Duke University Press present

Kathy E. Ferguson discussing "Letterpress Revolution: The Politics of Anarchist Print Culture" Published by Duke University Press

Joined by special guest Jules Remedios Faye

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Art, Community and Direct Action: An evening with The Anarchist Review of Books

Thursday, March 16, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Art, Community and Direct Action: An evening with The Anarchist Review of Books

Join us to celebrate the publication of The Anarchist Review of Books issue #5 with with Cara Hoffman, Payton Alexandre, and Ben Durham

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Robert Lopez in conversation with Sarah Rose Etter

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Robert Lopez in conversation with Sarah Rose Etter

Robert Lopez celebrates the publication of "Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure" published by Two Dollar Radio

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Charif Shanahan in conversation with Solmaz Sharif

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Charif Shanahan in conversation with Solmaz Sharif

Charif Shanahan celebrates the publication of Trace Evidence: poems published by Tin House Books

This event is both live in-store and virtual. It is free to the public. To watch online you will need to register. While attending in-store, seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Masks are optional, but highly recommended.

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Belén Gopegui with Mark Schafer

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 12:00 pm PST

Belén Gopegui with Mark Schafer

City Lights celebrates the publication of Stay This Day and Night with Me by Belén Gopegui (Translator: Mark Schafer) Published by City Lights Books

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Yxta Maya Murray in conversation with Jocelyn Saidenberg

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Yxta Maya Murray in conversation with Jocelyn Saidenberg

City Lights celebrates the publication of "God Went Like That: a novel" by Yxta Maya Murray - published by Northwestern University Press/Curbstone Books

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Tim Z. Hernandez

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez reads from his new collection "Some of the Light: New and Selected Poems" Published by Beacon Press/Raised Voices Series

Virtual
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Joan Baez in conversation with Paul Liberatore

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Joan Baez in conversation with Paul Liberatore

City Lights and Godine celebrate the publication of Am I Pretty When I Fly?: An Album of Upside Down Drawings - by Joan Baez - Published by Godine

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Meredith Broussard

Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard discusses her new book "More than a Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech" published by The MIT Press

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Robert Greenfield discussing the life and work of Sam Shepard

Monday, April 17, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Robert Greenfield discussing the life and work of Sam Shepard

City Lights and Crown Books celebrate the publication of True West: Sam Shepard's Life, Work, and Times - By Robert Greenfield - Published by Crown Books  

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David Mas Masumoto in conversation with Patricia Miye Wakida

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

David Mas Masumoto in conversation with Patricia Miye Wakida

City Lights, Red Hen Press, and wasabi press celebrate the publication of SECRET HARVESTS: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm - by David Mas Masumoto (Artwork by Patricia Wakida) - Published by Red Hen Press

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Matthew Zapruder

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Matthew Zapruder

City Lights and Unnamed Press celebrate the publication of Story of a Poem: a memoir - By Matthew Zapruder - Published by Unnamed Press - This event will be held in Kerouac Alley, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, and City Lights and Vesuvio Cafe. Admission is free to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve  basis. This event will not be broadcast live, but an audio recording will be made to be posted on our podcast site.

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Evan Kennedy and Sophia Dahlin

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Evan Kennedy and Sophia Dahlin

City Lights celebrates the publication of Metamorphoses: City Lights Spotlight No. 22 - by Evan Kennedy - Published by City Lights Books

 

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Katie Farris with Ilya Kaminsky

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Katie Farris with Ilya Kaminsky

City Lights and Alice James Books celebrate the publication of Standing in the Forest of Being Alive - by Katie Farris - Published by Alice James Books

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Quenton Baker with Damien M. Sojoyner

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Quenton Baker with Damien M. Sojoyner

Quenton Baker and Damien M. Sojoyner celebrate the publication of new books. Poetry meets prose in an evening of discussion meditating on critical questions about race, abolitionist practice, racial capitalism’s methodologies of oppression, and strategies for liberation.

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Gillian Conoley

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Gillian Conoley

City Lights celebrates the publication of Notes from the Passenger - By Gillian Conoly - Published by Nightboat Books

 

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Ada Zhang in conversation with Belinda Huijuan Tang

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Ada Zhang in conversation with Belinda Huijuan Tang

City Lights in conjunction with A Public Space celebrate the publication of The Sorrows of Others - by Ada Zhang - published by A Public Space

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Fred Moten in conversation with Garrett Caples

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Fred Moten in conversation with Garrett Caples

City Lights together with Wave Books celebrate the publication of perennial fashion presence falling - By Fred Moten - published by Wave Books

Virtual
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Max Porter

Thursday, May 25, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Max Porter

City Lights in conjunction with Graywolf Press present Max Porter reading from his new novel Shy - Published by Graywolf Press - This event will be held in Kerouac Alley, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, and City Lights and Vesuvio Cafe. Admission is free to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event will not be broadcast live, but an audio recording will be made to be posted on our podcast site.

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