An Evening with Patti Smith: Devotion

February 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Detroit Film Theater at Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

Literati Bookstore of downtown Ann Arbor is thrilled to welcome artist, performer, and author Patti Smith to the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts as she presents her latest book, Devotion, on Wednesday, February 14th at 7pm. Tickets are $20 (service fee not included) and include a hardcover copy of Devotion, to be picked up at the venue. Seating is general admission. Literati Bookstore will be on hand for additional book sales. There will be no signing following the event.

About the Book: A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic–its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our cultures beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession–a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus’s house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

About the Author: Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her recent book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. Smith was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith lives in New York City.

Event date:
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 7:00pm
Event address:
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit Film Theater at The Detroit Institute of Arts
DetroitMI 48202
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