Pat Thomas in conversation with Peter Hale

City Lights 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA, United States

City Lights and Powerhouse Books celebrate the publication of Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg By Pat Thomas published by Powerhouse Books/Simon & Schuster A prolific poet, raconteur, activist, and thinker, Allen Ginsberg was also a prolific collector, meticulously saving letters, postcards, draft notes and manuscripts, photographs and snapshots, appearance bills and […]

Mosab Abu Toha & Friends

City Lights 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA, United States

Join us for a reading of THINGS YOU MAY FIND HIDDEN IN MY EAR: POEMS FROM GAZA by Mosab Abu Toha A Benefit for the Middle East Children’s Alliance Please join City Lights, the Middle East Children’s Alliance {MECA}, and a star-studded cast of poets—including, via Zoom from Cairo, the author himself—for a group reading […]

Adam Shatz

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Adam Shatz discussing his new book The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux A revelatory biography of the writer-activist who inspired today’s movements for social and racial justice In the era of Black Lives Matter, Frantz Fanon’s shadow looms larger than ever. He was the intellectual activist […]

Brontez Purnell

City Lights 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA, United States

Launch Party for Brontez Purnell City Lights and MCD Books celebrate the publication of Ten Bridges I’ve Burnt: A Memoir in Verse By Brontez Purnell published by MCD Books “This book is brutal and brutally honest, but still perversely addictive because Brontez Purnell is a performer in the truest sense. Reading Ten Bridges I’ve Burnt, […]

Dodie Bellamy and Friends

City Lights 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA, United States

City Lights and tender buttons press celebrate new editions of Dodie Bellamy’s classic works. Cunt Norton and The Cunt-Ups Dodie Bellamy will be joined by guest speakers (to be announced.) In CUNT NORTON, the sequel to her unforgettable CUNT UPS, Dodie Bellamy “cunts” The Norton Anthology of Poetry (1975 edition), setting her text-ravenous cut-ups loose […]

Ron Kovic in conversation with Kaylie Jones

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Ron Kovic in conversation with Kaylie Jones City Lights and Akashic Books celebrate the publication of A Dangerous Country: An American Elegy by Ron Kovic Published by Akashic Books When eighteen-year-old RON KOVIC enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1964, he couldn’t foresee that he would return from Vietnam paralyzed and in a […]

Sami Hermez

City Lights 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA, United States

City Lights and Stanford University Press present Sami Hermez in an evening of conversation celebrating the publication of My Brother, My Land: A Story From Palestine by Sami Hermez with Sireen Sawalha Published by Redwood Press/Stanford University Press In 1967, Sireen Sawalha’s mother, with her young children, walked back to Palestine against the traffic of […]

Gramsci @ Sea / Sharad Chari

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City Lights and University of Minnesota Press celebrate the publication of Gramsci at Sea by Sharad Chari published by the University of Minnesota Press Sharad Chari explores how the crisis of the world ocean is produced by capitalism and imperialism. This succinct work reads Antonio Gramsci’s writings on the sea, focused in his prison notes […]

Ashleigh Greene Wade/Black Girl Autopoetics

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Join Ashleigh Greene Wade in an evening of discussion City Lights and Duke University Press celebrate the publication of Black Girl Autopoetics: Agency in Everyday Digital Practice By Ashleigh Greene Wade Published by Duke University Press In Black Girl Autopoetics Ashleigh Greene Wade explores how Black girls create representations of themselves in digital culture with […]

Major Jackson with Kalamu ya Salaam

City Lights 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA, United States

City Lights and The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University present Major Jackson with Kalamu ya Salaam in an evening of reading and discussion Major Jackson is a poet and professor at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of six collections of poetry: Razzle Dazzle: New & Selected Poems 2002-2022 (W.W. Norton, 2023), The […]