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In her new memoir, the iconic poet, artist, musician, and National Book Award-winning author takes us on an unforgettable odyssey. M Train offers a roadmap through the many stations of Smith’s remarkable life: her daily coffee at a tiny Greenwich Village café, haunting dreams during a visit to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul, and pilgrimages to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Weaving insights on the writer’s craft and artistic creation with reflections on the irremediable loss of her husband, Smith arrives at a deeply moving meditation on art, travel, memory, and humanity. Join us for a special evening with one of the most remarkable and legendary artists at work today as Patti Smith– in conversation with novelist Jonathan Lethem– traverses the landscape of her career through a reading and conversation celebrating M Train.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith is the author of Just Kids, which won the National Book Award in 2010, and of five collections of poetry. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres; she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. She lives in New York City.

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of Dissident Gardens and eight earlier novels, including Girl In Landscape and Chronic City. His writing has been translated into over thirty languages. He lives in Los Angeles and Maine.

The Orpheum Theatre
842 Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014

Parking is available in multiple lots around the theatre. Note that many lots are cash only.
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*This program is SOLD OUT. We will not be selling tickets at the door.

Will Call & Program Information

Will call opens: Mon, Nov 16 | 5:30 PM at The Orpheum
6:30 PM | Orpheum Lobby opens
7:00 PM | House doors open
7:30 PM | Program begins

All tickets and books will be available for pick up at the program.
Please bring a photo ID.
Tickets and books are non-refundable.


There will not be a public book signing after this program. All books contain Patti Smith’s signature.
A limited number of copies of M Train will be available for purchase at the program via The Library Store.

If you have purchased tickets but can no longer attend, please let us know in advance to receive a receipt for the price of your purchase as a tax-deductible donation.
If you want a friend to claim your tickets, the person MUST show a copy of the original order confirmation email (with your name on it) that you received immediately after making your purchase. NO EXCEPTIONS.




Main image: Patti Smith. Photo credit: Jesse Dittmar

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