Patti Smith’s new book inspired by her Instagram feed

Patti Smith announced Nov. 15 publication of One Day Bookinspired by her Instagram feed. She began using the platform in 2018 “with no plan or agenda for what might happen next,” publisher Penguin Random House said in a announcement. It has resulted in the creation of a “deeply moving and brilliantly idiosyncratic visual book of days by the National Book Award-winning author of Just children and M train.”

The statement noted, “Known to shoot with her beloved Land Camera 250, Smith began posting photos from her phone including portraits of her children, her radiator, her boots and her Abyssinian cat, Cairo. Followers felt an immediate affinity with these miniature windows to Smith’s world, photographs of her daily coffee, the books she reads, the graves of beloved heroes – William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Simone Weil, Albert Camus.

“Over time, a cohesive story of a life devoted to art took shape, and more than a million followers responded to Smith’s unique aesthetic in images that chart her passions, devotions, obsessions and whims.”

The book features vintage images including “anniversary pearls, a mother’s keyring and a man’s Mosrite guitar” and “photos from Smith’s archives of life on and off the road: train stations, obscure cafes, a notebook always nearby. In wide-ranging but intimate daily notations , Smith shares broadcasts from his travels around the world.”

Smith is going on a 12-day book tour on Nov. 14, as she marks her 76th birthday with two concerts at Brooklyn Street Steel in New York that December. 29 and 30.

Patti Smith ‘A Book of Days’ Tour
11/14 – New York – Strand Books at Cooper Union
11/17 – Washington – Lisner Auditorium
11/18 – Miami Book Fair
11/20 – Chicago Humanities Festival
11/21 – Nashville – OZ Arts
11/22 – Philadelphia – Free Library
11/28 – San Francisco – Sydney Goldstein Theatre
29/11 – Santa Cruz – Rio Theatre
30/11 – San Rafael – Dominican University of California
12/01 – Portland – Arlene Schnitzer Hall at Cooper Union
12/02 – Seattle City Hall
12/05 – Los Angeles – Saban Theatre

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