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Patti Smith at Book Soup on Saturday

July 30, 2009 |  8:33 am

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Saturday at noon, Patti Smith and filmmaker Steven Sebring will appear at Book Soup to sign copies of "Dream of Life." The book is taken from Sebring's 2008 documentary film of the same name, and is described as "an evocative exploration of the interior life of the artist Patti Smith."

Smith began publishing poetry in the early 1970s and has continued to use books as one of her creative outlets since then. Her most recent work, "Trois," was released in conjunction with a 2008 show at the Cartier Foundation in Paris. It consists of three paperback notebooks: one a combination of text, drawings and photos focusing on Arthur Rimbaud; one photobook; and one journal, half-filled by Smith, the other half empty, to be completed by its new owner.

Will the poet laurete of punk read from her writings? Will she engage with fans? There are no guarantees. In fact, all we know for sure is that she's supposed to show up at Book Soup to sign copies of "Dream of Life," which, judging by Sebring's website, promises to be quite beautiful.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Patti Smith in 1978. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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