Patti Smith is known, not only as one of the greatest singer-songwriters, but also as a renowned author, poet, and visual artist. Following previously released memoirs like Just Kids and M Train, Smith has announced that she is releasing her new book Year of the Monkey later in the year.
In an Instagram post with a photo of the book cover, Smith wrote, “I began writing it on New Year’s Day, 2016 in cafes, train and strange motels by the sea, with no particular design, until page by page it became a book.”
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This is the cover of Year of the Monkey. I began writing it on New Year’s Day, 2016 in cafes, trains and strange motels by the sea, with no particular design, until page by page it became a book. It is Year of the Monkey. It will be published by Knopf in September. I’m very excited to have new work to report! Cover photo: Barre Duryea
The synopsis of the book gives a look as to what to expect:
Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs–including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger’s words, ‘Anything is possible: after all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.’ For Smith–inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing–the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America
Year of the Monkey will be released on September 24th via Penguin Random House. You can pre-order a copy here!