Patti Smith, Author of Just Kids and M Train
Monday, October 10, 2016
Carnegie Music Hall, 7:30 pm
4400 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Patti Smith is the author of Just Kids, which won the National Book Award in 2010, M Train, and of five collections of poetry. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres; she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey into the mind of this legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts she has visited around the world.
M Train is a journey through eighteen “stations.” It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning to drink black coffee, ruminate on the world as it is and the world as it was, and write 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 that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir. Illustrated with Smith’s own stunning black-and-white Polaroids, 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.
Squirrel Hill’s local independent bookstore Classic Lines Books & More will be selling copies of Smith’s books before and after the lecture.
More about Patti Smith:
- Patti Smith’s Website
- ‘I’m not trying to change the world with photography’ from The Guardian
- Profile in The New York Times
- Interview on NPR’s Fresh Air
Made Possible by the Drue Heinz Trust