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261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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October 2019

Gillian Conoley and Donna de la Perrière

October 22 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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reading from new poetry A Little More Red Sun On The Human: New and Selected Poems by Gillian Conoley published by Nightboat Books and Works of Love & Terror by Donna de la Perrière published by Talisman House About A Little More Red Sun On The Human: New and Selected Poems: Gillian Conoley's selected poems assemble a shockingly varied body of work, comprising narrative, lyric, and fragmented forms. Her coruscating vibrant poems are informed by visual art and film, political…

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Benedicte Maurseth

October 24 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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discussiing the subject of To Be Nothing: Conversations with Knut Hamre, Hardanger Fiddle Master by Benedicte Maurseth published by Terra Nova Press/The MIT Press Dialogues between student and master about music, learning, teaching, the healing power of art, and the art of life itself. Knut Hamre has devoted his life to playing the Hardanger fiddle—a unique folk violin with resonating strings beneath, like a sitar's—and to teaching new generations the secrets of this ancient music, rooted in a stark and…

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Jarett Kobek

October 29 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of his new novel Only Americans Burn in Hell published by We've Heard You Like Books 'Brilliantly funny ... the best satire of our contemporary nightmare that you will ever see, and very possibly the last' Alan Moore It's 2019 and America is ruled over by a billionaire reality TV star. Its media is owned by a transnational class of the shameless and the depraved. And its people have been silently robbed of their wealth, their dignity…

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November 2019

Ramesh Srinivasan

November 3 @ 5:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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discussing his new book Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow Published by The MIT Press How to repair the disconnect between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us: toward a more democratic internet. In this provocative book, Ramesh Srinivasan describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities.…

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Savannah Shange

November 19 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her new book Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco from Duke University Press San Francisco is the endgame of gentrification, where racialized displacement means that the Black population of the city hovers just over 3 percent. The "Robeson Justice Academy" opened to serve the few remaining low-income neighborhoods of the city, with the mission of offering liberatory, social justice--themed education to youth of color. While it features a progressive curriculum where students read…

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Jerome Rothenberg

November 21 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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celebrating two new books The President of Desolation & Other Poems from Black Widow Press The Mystery of False Attachments from Word Palace Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally acclaimed poet and anthologist. His more than ninety books include the multivolume Poems for the Millennium, coedited with Pierre Joris, Jeffrey Robinson, and John Bloomberg-Rissman. He is Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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December 2019

Scarlett Sabet

December 1 @ 5:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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reading from her new collection of poetry Camille Scarlett Sabet is a London based poet and performer. Her poetry has been featured in GQ, Tatler, Constellation Magazine, The Violet Book and Dazed and Confused. Her poetry readings have been broadcast on the BBC, London Live, and London's Soho Radio. She wrote, directed and starred in her poetic short film "Burning" which was produced by BAFTA winning producer Charlie Hanson in 2012. Her first collection "Rocking Underground" was launched with a…

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Second Stutter Annual Release Party

December 3 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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Hosted by Solomon Rino with readings by George Albon, Laura Moriarty, Joseph Lease, and Norma Cole Second Stutter is a San Francisco based literary journal that publishes annually. It's focus is on contemporary English language poetry and translation. The editions are produced with letterpress printed covers and handmade endpapers. The covers for volume one and two were printed at Jack W. Stauffacher's Greenwood Press at 300 Broadway, and volume three at the San Francisco Center for the Book. The editions…

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Charlton D. McIlwain in conversation with E. David Ellington

December 4 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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discussing Charlton D. McIlwain's new book Black Software: The Internet, Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter published by Oxford University Press Activists, pundits, politicians, and the press frequently proclaim today's digitally mediated racial justice activism the new civil rights movement. As Charlton D. McIlwain shows in this book, the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know. In fact, it spans nearly five decades and involves a varied group…

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John James with Henri Cole

December 5 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of John James' new collection of poetry The Milk Hours published by Milkweed Editions Winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, The Milk Hours is an elegant debut that searches widely to ask what it means to exist in a state of loss. "We lived overlooking the walls overlooking the cemetery." So begins the title poem of this collection, whose recursive temporality is filled with living, grieving things, punctuated by an unseen world of roots, bodies, and…

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Silvina Ocampo

December 8 @ 5:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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With Suzanne Jill Levine, Katie Lateef-Jan & Jessica Powell. For more info call 415 362 1901 or contact Stacey at stacey@citylights.com

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An evening with Kal Spelletich

December 10 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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in conversation with Catharine Clark discussing his new project Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots 'Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots' is an exhibit of work by Kal Spelletich at St. Mary's College Museum of Art through December 2019 that includes life size praying robots, photos, sound machines, drawings, videos and interactive sculptures which explore the question: can technology do spiritual work? Via audience operated robots that are meditative and violent, Spelletich's work enacts a liberated awareness and pushes his audience to…

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Roy Scranton

December 11 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new novel I  Oklahoma ! published by Soho Books Suzie's seen it all, but now she's looking for something she lost: a sense of the future. So when the chance comes to work with a maverick video artist on his road movie about Donald Trump's America, she's pretty sure it’s a bad idea but she signs up anyway, hoping for an outside shot at starting over. A provocative, genderqueer, shapeshifting musical romp through the brain-eating nightmare of…

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Terry Tempest Williams

December 12 @ 7:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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reading from her new book Erosion: Essays of Undoing published by Sarah Critchton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux Fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams is one of our most impassioned defenders of public lands. A naturalist, fervent activist, and stirring writer, she has spoken to us and for us in books like The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks and Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and…

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