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

Decolonized Publishing: Enlightening the World about Guåhan, One Book at a Time

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Decolonized Publishing: Enlightening the World about Guåhan, One Book at a Time

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, City Lights in conjunction with the University of Guam Press present Julian Aguon, Pep Borja, Teresita Lourdes Perez, and Brian Muña. Moderated by Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero

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Wave Books @ City Lights with Dara Barrois/Dixon, Laynie Browne, and Renee Gladman

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 5:30 pm PST

Wave Books @ City Lights with Dara Barrois/Dixon, Laynie Browne, and Renee Gladman

Wave Books and City Lights celebrate new works of poetry: Dara Barrois/Dixon reads from Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina, Laynie Browne reads from Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists, Renee Gladman reads from Plans for Sentences

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The Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

The Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth

Dahr Jamail and Stan Rushworth are joined by Melissa K. Nelson, Shannon Rivers, and Kyle Powys Whyte to celebrate the publication of We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth, Edited by Dahr Jamail and Stan Rushworth, published by The New Press

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Nandita Dinesh in conversation with Shobha Rao

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Nandita Dinesh in conversation with Shobha Rao

Nandita Dinesh celebrates her debut novel This Place, That Place published by Melville House

Virtual
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Lars Horn in conversation with Carolina De Robertis

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Lars Horn in conversation with Carolina De Robertis

City Lights and Graywolf Press celebrate the publication of Voice of the Fish: A Lyric Essay by Lars Horn published by Graywolf Press

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Alicia Malone in conversation with Eddie Muller

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Alicia Malone in conversation with Eddie Muller

Alicia Malone celebrates the publication of Girls on Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies published by Mango Press

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Ben Tarnoff / Launch Party for INTERNET FOR THE PEOPLE: The Fight for Our Digital Future

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Ben Tarnoff / Launch Party for INTERNET FOR THE PEOPLE: The Fight for Our Digital Future

City Lights in conjunction with LOGIC Magazine, and Verso Books present Ben Tarnoff in conversation with Wendy Liu celebrating the publication of Internet for the People: The Fight for Our Digital Future by Ben Tarnoff and published by Verso Books. This event will be held in Kerouac Alley, between City Lights and Vesuvio Cafe, between Columbus and Grant Avenues. It is free to the public.

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Leila Mottley in conversation with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Leila Mottley in conversation with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

City Lights in conjunction with the Mechanics' Institute Library and Alfred Knopf present Leila Mottley celebrating her fiction debut Nightcrawling, published by Alfred Knopf

This event to be held at the Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco California, 94104. This is a live event. You will need proof of vaccination to attend. Registration is required. Sliding Scale Admission. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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Decolonial Futures and Environmental Justice: A panel discussion with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 7:00 pm PST

Decolonial Futures and Environmental Justice: A panel discussion with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva in conversation with Bayo Akomolafe and Sonali Kolhatkar, moderated by Synergetic Press's Jasmine Virdi, for an intimate discussion about people, the planet and how we can build a regenerative future for all living beings.

Virtual
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Ukrainian Writers Speak!

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Ukrainian Writers Speak!

City Lights and Deep Vellum Books present Ali Kinsella and Zenia Tompkins celebrating the publication of Love in Defiance of Pain: Ukrainian Stories, edited by Ali Kinsella, Zenia Tompkins, and Ross Ufberg, published by Deep Vellum  

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Margaret Randall

Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall discusses her new book Stormclouds Like Unkept Promises, by Margaret Randall with photos by Barbara Byers, published by Casa Urraca Press

Virtual
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang

Monday, July 18, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Ingrid Rojas Contreras in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang

Ingrid Rojas Contreras celebrates the launch of The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir published by Doubleday Books. This event will take place in Kerouac Alley, between City Lights and Vesuvio Cafe, between Columbus and Grant Avenues. It is free to the public.

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Jamil Jan Kochai

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Jamil Jan Kochai

Jamil Jan Kochai reads from The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories  published by Viking Books

Virtual
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K-Ming Chang

Thursday, July 21, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang reads from her new collection Gods of Want: Stories published by One World Books

Virtual
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Paul Steinbeck on SOUND EXPERIMENTS: The Music of the AACM

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Paul Steinbeck on SOUND EXPERIMENTS: The Music of the AACM

Paul Steinbeck in conversation with Richard Scheinin celebrating the publication of Sound Experiments: The Music of the AACM, by Paul Steinbeck, published by University of Chicago Press

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