Patti Smith To Close 2018 Montclair Literary Festival


Renowned artist and author Patti Smith will close the 2018 Montclair Literary Festival, presented by Succeed2gether, with a discussion of her latest book Devotion (Why I Write) at 5pm on Sunday 18 March at The Sanctuary, First Congregational Church in Montclair.

Patti Smith. Photo: Steven Sebring

Smith will speak with guitarist, composer, and writer Lenny Kaye, and read from her book, which explores the mysteries and impact of creativity, while detailing her own creative process.

Patti and Lenny will also play music from their long-term collaboration.

Tickets are $35, include a copy of her book Devotion (Why I Write), and are on sale now.

The 2018 Montclair Literary Festival is to be held from Thursday, March 15, to Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Montclair State University, Montclair Public Library, First Congregational Church, and Montclair Art Museum.

More than 90 authors will take part in 50 events over the four days of the 2018 festival, including ticketed events with Patti Smith, Tom Perrotta, Anna Quindlen, Meg Wolitzer and Christina Baker Kline, and a full program of free book talks, panel discussions, author signings, workshops and children’s activities. Full festival guide and all ticketed events are on

The festival is supported by Succeed2gether, Montclair State University, Montclair Public Library, Watchung Booksellers, Montclair Art Museum and many other local sponsors.

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 bestseller. 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 100 albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith lives in New York City.

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