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Patti Smith M Train book cover
M Train will come out on October 6Photography Claire Alexandra Hatfield, jacket design Carol Devine Carson

Patti Smith announces book sequel to her Just Kids memoir

The new autobiography M Train will also include her black-and-white Polaroids

Patti Smith's autobiography Just Kids landed in our list of top ten music memoirs, so we're psyched to find out that the singer, poet, visual artist and Ann Demeulemeester muse is publishing a sequel to her National Book Award-winning 2010 tome. M Train will land on shelves in October this year.

You can check out the book cover above, courtesy of Entertainment WeeklyThe image shows Smith at Cafe Ino in Greenwich Village, the first location namechecked in the book – she calls the image "the first and last picture at my corner table in Ino... My portal to where". 

Unlike Just Kids, which documented the 70s New York scene and Smith's relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, M Train is described as a "roadmap" to her life and a chronicle of "the inevitable losses that come to us in life – and the consolation we might salvage from them". The book will also include Smith's own black-and-white Polaroids.

Here's the book description, courtesy of publishers Knopf Doubleday:

"M Train is a journey through 'eighteen stations'. It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima."

"Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself." 

M Train comes out October 6.