Events

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Calendar of Events

Psyche Unbound: Celebrating the Pioneering Work of Stanislav Grof

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 11:00 am PST

Psyche Unbound: Celebrating the Pioneering Work of Stanislav Grof

A day-long symposium celebrating the work of Stanislav Grof the world’s leading researcher in psychedelic therapy, breathwork, and the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Virtual
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Peter Richardson on Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Peter Richardson on Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo

Peter Richardson in conversation with David Talbot celebrating the launch of the new book Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo

Virtual
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John Nichols in conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

John Nichols in conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna

A discussion exploring John Nichol’s new book Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability for Those Who Caused the Crisis

Virtual
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Jordan Stein with Bruce Hainley

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Jordan Stein with Bruce Hainley

Jordan Stein and Bruce Hainley discuss the life and afterlives of Jay DeFeo’s Estocada, a work created in the shadow of her masterwork The Rose

Virtual
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Harry Freedman on Leonard Cohen

Sunday, January 30, 2022, 12:00 pm PST

Harry Freedman on Leonard Cohen

Harry Freedman in conversation with Dan Libenson. A spellbinding and unorthodox look into the life of Leonard Cohen, and the way his experiences with religion and spirituality produced one of the greatest musicians of our time.

Virtual
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Nadifa Mohamed

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed in conversation with Tommy Orange. The Fortune Men is a Booker Prize Finalist based on the true event of the unjust death of Mahmood Mattan, the last man executed in Cardiff for a crime he was exonerated for forty years later.

Virtual
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Jonathan M. Katz

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Jonathan M. Katz

Jonathan Myerson Katz in conversation with David Talbot discussing Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire published by St. Martin's Press

Virtual
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Morgan Thomas

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 7:00 pm PST

Morgan Thomas

Morgan Thomas in conversation with K-Ming Chang. Morgan Thomas’s Manywhere features lush and uncompromising stories about characters crossing geographical borders and gender binaries

Virtual
Event
Daniel Levin Becker

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 1:00 pm PST

Daniel Levin Becker

Daniel Levin Becker in conversation with Ian S. Port celebrating the release of Daniel Levin Becker’s new book What’s Good: Notes on Rap and Language published by City Lights Books

Virtual
Event
Garrett Hongo

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston. Celebrating the launch of Garrett Hongo’s new book The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo

Virtual
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Ben Okri

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 12:00 pm PST

Ben Okri

Ben Okri in conversation with Ainehi Edoro Glines. A discussion in celebration of Ben Okri’s two newly released books “Every Leaf an Halleujah” and “Astonishing the Gods”

Virtual
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Monique Jenkinson and Friends

Saturday, February 19, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Monique Jenkinson and Friends

Join Monique and Friends in an evening of frolic and celebration. Celebrating the launch of her new book Faux Queen, following the fierce and fabulous journey of Fauxnique, the first cis-woman to win a major drag queen pageant.

Offsite
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Nahum Dimitri Chandler with Judith Butler and Robert Gooding-Williams

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Nahum Dimitri Chandler with Judith Butler and Robert Gooding-Williams

A panel discussion exploring Nahum Dimitri Chandler’s new book “Beyond This Narrow Now” Or, Delimitations, of W. E. B. Du Bois published by Duke University Press

Virtual
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Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985

Saturday, February 26, 2022, 11:00 am PST

Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985

City Lights in conjunction with PM Press present a weekend-long symposium exploring the radical currents of Science Fiction. Celebrating the US launch of Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985 Edited by Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre, published by PM Press. Scroll down for registration links

Instore
Event
Solmaz Sharif

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Solmaz Sharif

Solmaz Sharif reads from her new collection CUSTOMS published by Graywolf Press

Virtual
Event
Wayne Koestenbaum

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Wayne Koestenbaum

The fabulous Wayne Koestenbaum reads from “Ultramarine” the third and final volume of his acclaimed trance poem trilogy.

Virtual
Event
Joseph Matthews

Monday, March 7, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Joseph Matthews

Joseph Matthews reads from The Blast: A Novel published by PM Press

Virtual
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JJ Bola

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 12:00 pm PST

JJ Bola

JJ Bola reads from his new novel The Selfless Act Of Breathing published by Simon and Schuster

Virtual
Event
Brian Hochman on the history of Wiretapping in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Brian Hochman on the history of Wiretapping in the U.S.

Brian Hochman in conversation with Matthew Guariglia discussing The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States 

Virtual
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John Elizabeth Stintzi

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

John Elizabeth Stintzi

John Elizabeth Stintzi reads from their new novel My Volcano published by Two Dollar Radio

Virtual
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Rae Armantrout with Lyn Hejinian

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Rae Armantrout with Lyn Hejinian

Rae Armantrout celebrates a new book Finalists published by Wesleyan University Press

Virtual
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David Shields

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

David Shields

David Shields celebrating the release of The Very Last Interview by David Shields, published by New York Review Books

Virtual
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Kemi Alabi with Hieu Minh Nguyen and Sam Sax

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

Kemi Alabi with Hieu Minh Nguyen and Sam Sax

celebrating Kemi Alabi's debut work Against Heaven  published by Graywolf Press

Virtual
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Alexander Monea

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

Alexander Monea

Alexander Monea discusses their new book The Digital Closet: How the Internet Became Straight published by MIT Press.  An exploration of how heteronormative bias is deeply embedded in the internet, hidden in algorithms, keywords, content moderation, and more.

Virtual
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Sarah Dryden-Peterson in conversation with Monisha Bajaj and Esther Elonga

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Sarah Dryden-Peterson in conversation with Monisha Bajaj and Esther Elonga

A panel discussion exploring the book Right Where We Belong: How Refugee Teachers and Students Are Changing the Future of Education by Sarah Dryden-Peterson, published by Harvard University Press. This event is presented by City Lights in conjunction with Refugee and Immigrant Transitions and a Consortium of Departments at the University of San Francisco

Virtual
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Gabriela Alemán

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6:00 pm PST

Gabriela Alemán

City Lights celebrates the publication of Family Album:stories, Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán’s rollicking follow-up to her acclaimed English-language debut,Poso Wells.

Virtual
Event

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