On Sunday afternoon, head over to Books and Books in Coral Gables to meet punk priestess Patti Smith, who will be autographing copies of her new book, Woolgathering (New Directions, 80 pages, hardcover, $18.95). If you were lucky enough to catch Smith at the 2010 Miami Book Fair, where she read from Just Kids a day or so after it won the National Book Award and performed several songs, including a soul-rocking a capella version of “Because The Night” — then you should probably lower your expectations. The upcoming event is billed as a signing, not a reading or a performance. Nonetheless, the opportunity to chat up Smith, at 65 years old possibly the coolest person over the age of three on Planet Earth, is definitely an opportunity worth seizing.
Woolgathering, “a collection of impressionistic prose poems that dances at the edge of memoir before opting for something harder to pin down,” according to the L.A. Times, was originally published in 1992, on Smith’s 45th birthday, amid “the extended period of nearly total silence (1980-96) during which Smith lived in Michigan and raised two kids.” In the new edition, featuring originally omitted writing with new photographs and illustrations, the author commemorates the “clear, unspeakable joy” of her childhood and her twenties in New York as an emerging artist, musician, and poet.
The signing on Sunday starts at 4 p.m. To learn more details about the event and Woolgathering, visit Books and Books website.