Patti Smith going on book tour for her upcoming ‘M Train’
Patti Smith is playing her timeless debut album, Horses, in full for its 40th anniversary in her hometown on November 10, and it turns out that show is right in the middle of a tour. Not a music tour though, a book tour.
M Train is a journey through eighteen "stations." It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself.
The book tour begins with three NYC appearances: OCtober 6 at New York Public Library, October 7 at Barnes & Noble Union Square and October 8 at St. Joseph's College. Tickets (including a copy of the book) are on sale now for St. Joseph's College. Check NYPL and B&N websites for updated info on those.
Patti will also release Collected Lyrics: 1970-2015 on October 27 via HarperCollins in celebration of Horses' 40th anniversary.
All dates on her book tour are listed below...
Patti Smith -- 2015 Book Tour Dates
10-06 New York, NY - New York Public Library
10-07 New York, NY - Barnes & Noble Union Square
10-08 Brooklyn, NY - St. Joseph's College
10-09 Washington, DC - George Washington University
10-10 Boston, MA - Back Bay Events Center
10-11 Chicago, IL - Dominican University
10-12 Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
10-13 Toronto, Ontario - The Design Exchange
11-06 Philadelphia, PA - Free Library of Philadelphia
11-07 Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
11-12 Atlanta, GA - The Variety Playhouse
11-13 Nashville, TN - OZ Arts Nashville
11-15 Miami, FL - Miami Book Fair
11-16 Los Angeles, CA - The Orpheum Theatre
11-17 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
11-18 San Rafael, CA - Dominican University
11-19 Berkeley, CA - First Congregational Church
11-20 Portland, OR - Newmark Theatre
11-22 Seattle, WA - Town Hall Seattle