Poet, author, and punk rock icon Patti Smith is gearing up to release the sequel to Just Kids, her 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir about her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The book is titled M Train and it’s due to hit shelves on October 6th through Knopf.
According to Entertainment Weekly, M Train reads like a “roadmap” to Smith’s life, and includes reflections on her favorite coffee shops (the official cover, below, sees Smith at New York City’s Cafe ‘Ino), her “deepest literary obsessions,” and the passing of her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith. Plans for the new memoir originally surfaced back in 2012. Pre-orders have already begun.
A description for the book reads:
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 Cover:
In related news, Smith is set to attend the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend, where she will posthumously induct her life-long friend Lou Reed.