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

Douglas Kearney in conversation with Tisa Bryant

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Douglas Kearney in conversation with Tisa Bryant

Douglas Kearney discusses his new book Optic Subwoof published by Wave Books

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Zein El-Amine with James Tracy and Aimee Suzara

Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Zein El-Amine with James Tracy and Aimee Suzara

City Lights celebrates the publication of Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? by Zein El-Amine published by Radix Media - This event will take place in the main room of City Lights. It was previously scheduled for Kerouac Alley, Note the change, It is free to the public. The wearing of facial covering is highly advised. The event will also be broadcast on Zoom. Register to view the event HERE.

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Dreaming of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: An Appreciation

Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Dreaming of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: An Appreciation

City Lights in conjunction with Asian American Writers’ Workshop and University of California Press present a tribute to the life and work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha - Moderated by Linda Norton with appearances by Brandon Shimoda, Min Sun Jeon, and Christina Yang celebrating the publication of two new books from University of California Press: Dictee and Exilee and Temps Morts: Selected Works

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Sam Lipsyte in conversation with Sloane Crosley

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Sam Lipsyte in conversation with Sloane Crosley

New York Times Bestselling Author Sam Lipsyte reading from No One Left to Come Looking for You: A Novel, published by Simon & Schuster

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Helen Shiller in conversation with Achy Obejas

Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Helen Shiller in conversation with Achy Obejas

City Lights and Haymarket Books celebrate the publication of Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago’s Uptown Community - by Helen Shiller - published by Haymarket Books

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Mosab Abu Toha

Monday, December 19, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Mosab Abu Toha

Acclaimed Palestinian poet Mosab Abu Toha signs his new book Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza - Published by City Lights -  Winner of a 2022 Palestine Book Award

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Celebrating Sonny Rollins – Aidan Levy in conversation with Ammiel Alcalay

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Celebrating Sonny Rollins – Aidan Levy in conversation with Ammiel Alcalay

City Lights celebrates the publication of SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins - by Aidan Levy - Published by Hachette Books

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Kavita Das discusses the craft of writing about social issues

Thursday, January 19, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Kavita Das discusses the craft of writing about social issues

City Lights in conjunction with the Asian American Writers' Workshop celebrate the publication of Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues - By Kavita Das - Published by Beacon Press

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Curtis White in conversation with Cheston Knapp

Monday, January 23, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Curtis White in conversation with Cheston Knapp

City Lights and Melville House books celebrate the launch of Transcendent: Art and Dharma in a Time of Collapse - by Curtis White - Published by Melville House

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Coffee House Press Extravaganza with LaTasha Nevada-Diggs, Eleni Sikelianos, and Anne Waldman

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 6:00 pm PST

Coffee House Press Extravaganza with LaTasha Nevada-Diggs, Eleni Sikelianos, and Anne Waldman

Celebrating three new books of poetry from Coffee House Press: Village by LaTasha N. Nevada-Diggs - Your Kingdom by Eleni Sikelianos - Bard, Kinetic by Anne Waldman

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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 in conversation with Toshio Meronek

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

Miss Major in conversation with Toshio Meronek

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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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

Virtual
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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 reads from “Heroes of an Unknown World”

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

Ayize Jama-Everett reads from “Heroes of an Unknown World”

City Lights and Small Beer Press celebrate the publication of Heroes of an Unknown World : a novel - by Ayize Jama-Everett - published by Small Beer Press

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. To attend this event in person you are required to wear facial covering. 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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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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