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Patti Smith's self portrait in Los Angeles, 1974Courtesy of the Michael Ochs Archives

Patti Smith is writing a novel for young women

The musician and novelist has revealed that she’s currently working on her first YA book

Patti Smith – who's currently on tour promoting her second, freshly released memoir, M Train – has announced plans to expand her literary horizons with a number of upcoming projects – including a fictional YA novel.

Speaking with David Remnick at last weekend's New Yorker festival, the icon revealed that she was currently working on a number of books – including a poetry collection, a detective novel, a third memoir and a YA novel. The latter will be aimed specifically at young women, with Patti claiming that it will be “the kind of book I used to read as a young girl.”

The other memoir that was mentioned will be written as a “companion” to Smith's bestselling Just Kids, which won the 2010 National Book Award for its searing honesty and evocative prose. And, according to reports in Vulture, it will focus much more “on music and her late husband Fred Smith.”

“I'm always just working. I have tons and tons and tons of unpublished material,” Patti added. “I'm gonna be like Dorothy Parker when I die, people are going to go, ‘Holy shit, it's totally indecipherable.’”

Smith also squeezed in a surprise performance of “Because The Night” with New Yorker editor Remnick, which you can watch below.