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From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey into the mind of this legendary artist, told through the prism of cafés and haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.
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. M Train is a meditation on endings and on beginnings: a poetic tour de force by one of the most brilliant multiplatform artists at work today.
PATTI SMITH is a writer, artist, and performer. Smith’s New York Times Bestseller Just Kids was awarded the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction. Most notably, she is the recipient of France’s highest honor for a living artist, the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and one of the most distinguished music prizes in the world, The Polar Award. In 2008, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she received ASCAP’s Founders Award for a Lifetime Achievement. Smith is also the author of Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence, The Coral Sea and Collected Lyrics 1970-2015.
Signing Rules: Due to time constraints, Smith will be signing copies of M Train only. No memorabilia, albums, or backlist titles. She will not be personalizing books. You may take photos from the signing line, but she will not be posing for pictures.