Upcoming Event

Patti Smith

presents

Devotion (Why I Write)

Tickets on sale now (book included)

Date

Sep
28
Thursday
September 28, 2017
7:30 PM
(Doors at 6:30)

Location

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

Tickets

$30.00 (book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned writer, performer, musician, and visual artist PATTI SMITH—author of the National Book Award–winning memoir Just Kids and the New York Times best seller M Train—for a discussion of her latest book, Devotion (Why I Write), an exploration of the nature of creative invention.

Please Note

This event does not include a book signing. Books included with tickets will not be signed.

About Devotion

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 culture’s 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.

The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.

Patti Smith
Patti Smith

Patti Smith

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.

Photo credit: Steven Sebring

Tickets will also be available at Harvard Book Store and over the phone at 617-661-1515. Unless the event is sold out, any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door of the venue when doors open. Books bundled with e-tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

This event will take place in the beautiful John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston, on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets.

Back Bay Events Center is located within blocks of several MBTA stations.

Back Bay Station: servicing Commuter Rail, Amtrak, and the Orange Line. Located on Dartmouth Street between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue, and on Clarendon Street near Columbus Avenue.

Copley Square Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 640 Boylston Street and 230 Dartmouth Street.

Arlington Street Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 300 Boylston Street and 20 Arlington Street.

 

Parking for the Back Bay Events Center is located one block from the facility at the Garage @ 100 Clarendon.

 

 

 

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