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October 2020

Logic Books Festival

City Lights in conjunction with Gray Area and FSG Originals present three days of discussion exploring the way we interact with technology and how it affects on our lives. with Adrian Daub, Tim Hwang, Ben Tarnoff, Xiaowei Wang, and Moira Weigel joined in conversation with Anna Wiener, Allison Arieff, An Xiao Mina, Joanne McNeil, and Robin Sloan More than three years ago, Logic launched its first issue at City Lights Booksellers. Now, the crew at LOGIC return in an exciting new…

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Bad Tourist Virtual Reading with Suzanne Roberts and Michael Branch

October 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sundance Bookstore, 121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
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To celebrate the release of Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel, author Suzanne Roberts will be joining us for a virtual reading and discussion with Michael Branch! Hear exclusive excerpts and join in the Q&A all from the comfort and safety of your own home on Friday, October 16th at 4:00pm on our Youtube channel, which you can find here. In addition to the livestream reading, Suzanne will be signing copies of Bad Tourist, which is available for order…

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FREEMAN’S: Best New Writings on LOVE

October 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

John Freeman with Robin Coste Lewis, Tommy Orange, and Matt Sumell John Freeman celebrates the latest installment of the journal that is called "a powerful force in the literary world" (Los Angeles Times.) Freeman's turns to one of the greatest elevating forces of life: love FREEMAN'S: Best New Writings on LOVE Edited by John Freeman Published by Grove Press This is a virtual event that will be hosted by Litquake and City Lights as part of the LITQUAKE 2020 Festival on the Zoom…

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Gary Kamiya with Paul Madonna

October 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

celebrating their new book Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City published by Bloomsbury Books From two bestselling, prizewinning, and critically acclaimed contemporary chroniclers of San Francisco comes a rich, illustrated, idiosyncratic portrait of this great city. This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you…

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Ann Goldstein: A Virtual Discussion About Translation

October 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We are pleased to welcome Ann Goldstein, translator of Elena Ferrante’s novels, for a livestream on Wednesday, October 21st at 1:00pm Pacific Time. The event will be available to watch on our YouTube channel. Goldstein will discuss translation, her work with Elena Ferrante and others, and her extensive career in the literary world. She has most recently translated Ferrante's newest novel, The Lying Life of Adults. Goldstein will be joined by Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-chief of Europa Editions, and the discussion…

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Robert Gordon, Alison Mosshart, and Sheree Renée Thomas

October 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

City Lights welcomes back Third Man Books!  with Robert Gordon, Alison Mosshart, and Sheree Renée Thomas Third Man Books (the publishing imprint of Jack White's Third Man Records) returns to City Lights to launch three excellent new titles: IT CAME FROM MEMPHIS by Robert Gordon, CAR MA by Alison Mosshart, and Nine Bar Blues by Sheree Renée Thomas. Third Man Books and Records: Where your turntable's not dead, and your page still turns! This is a virtual event that will be hosted…

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Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY ONE

October 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) with readings by poets in the series Two afternoons of readings: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EDT Norma Cole, Anselm Berrigan, Micah Ballard, Cathy Wagner, Eric Baus, Julien Poirier, David Brazil, Barbara Jane Reyes, Carmen Gimenez Smith, and Uche Nduka. Hosted by Garrett Caples (Register to Attend Here) link to be posted soon ---- Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EDT Andrew Joron, Cedar Sigo,…

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Spotlight Series Anniversary Celebration DAY TWO

October 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Hosted by Garrett Caples (Series Editor) with readings by poets in the series Two afternoons of readings: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EDT Norma Cole, Anselm Berrigan, Micah Ballard, Cathy Wagner, Eric Baus, Julien Poirier, David Brazil, Barbara Jane Reyes, Carmen Gimenez Smith, and Uche Nduka. Hosted by Garrett Caples (Register to Attend Here) link to be posted soon ---- Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EDT Andrew Joron, Cedar Sigo,…

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November 2020

Writers Against Trump

November 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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Join us as writers and booksellers across the nation come together in a day of solidarity. City Lights hosts a regional event featuring Steve Wasserman of Heyday Books as host. He will be joined by activist and writer Roberto Lovato, activist and poet Margaret Randall, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. Event is free, but requires registration (CLICK HERE) to register Writers Against Trump are American writers who have come together to oppose the racist, destructive, incompetent, corrupt and fascist regime of…

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Mauro Javier Cárdenas in conversation with Carlos Fonseca

November 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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celebrating Mauro Javier Cárdenas new novel Aphasia published by Farrar Straus Giroux Mauro Javier Cárdenas, the critically-acclaimed author of The Revolutionaries Try Again—"an original, insubordinate novel" (New York Times)—pens a profound story of literature about a man coming to terms with his dysfunctional Colombian family, as well as his own behavior, as an immigrant in America. This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or…

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