Rocker Patti Smith to Open 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival

Brownstoner reports the legendary punk priestess, poet and author, Patti Smith will kick off the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) with a reading from her new book, Devotion. BKBF describes the latest tome as a “deeply personal look into the alchemy of Smith’s creative process.”

Aptly, the “Bookend” event takes place Monday, September 11th at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street.  Smith will begin reading at 7:00 pm,  seating is first come-first served.  Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased HERE.

The festival marks it’s 11th year and runs through September 17th. Highlights include a Children’s Day on September 16 in MetroTech Commons and Festival Day in Downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, September 17. Other authors of note: Karl Ove Knausgård, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud, Chris Hayes, Carolyn Forché, Sarah Dessen, Alexandra Bracken, Thi Bui, Lynn Nottage, Hisham Matar, Maira Kalman.

Photo: Jesse Ditmar via Official Patti Smith

UPDATE: The event is now sold out.


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  • Warren Smith

    I would prefer if Sparkle Moore, Barbara Pittman or…dare I say it, What the Heights needs is Joyce Green to give a presentation of literature she would endorse.

  • Claude Scales
  • Warren Smith

    When that needle starts a clicking that’s where I’m gonna dig…

    BTW, Joyce Green when she lectures, arrives in a vintage ’59 Cadillac, Black in color, I called her today and suggested that if she’s anywhere near the Heights she give a demonstation ride to my friends andy panda and studio…..

  • Claude Scales
  • Warren Smith

    Back in about 1975 a bunch of early punk bands, far before the Cramps, discovered dozens of what have become WR classics and one of the near riot starters was Black Cadillac! Just imaging a tough punk crowd with a well, wide range of chemistry in their systems hearing these lyrics. Of course, the Cramps greatly expanded and amplified the interest in WR and finally, KICKS magazine/Billy Miller et all made this body of work a serious cultural movement.

    Following the Trump election, I was hoping Billy Lee Riley would be made director of NASA.

  • CookieGuggleman

    Sold out

  • Reggie

    While The Cramps’ first EP wasn’t released until 1979 and their first album not for another year after that, the band was playing CBGB “in about 1975″ as well. They were the first band that my younger brother turned me on to, which is kinda like the first time your son beats you at tennis.

  • Warren Smith

    Well, he greatest living rock guitarist New York ever produced came out of that era and he and a gaggle of his contemps have really preserved and introduced the entire range of WR classics to now two generations of audiences. All these guys including at least two major figures who lived in the Heights always used to hang out at Chelsea Guitar on 23ed St. But the now many comps labeled “tunes the cramps taught us” alone made dozens of WR standards wildly known. When it comes to great guitarists across the range of music styles, the Heights has Always been a great, if quiet, major center.

  • George Barris

    Just one sour note though: it certainly is insensitive and disrespectful for the book festival to commence on 9-11 a day of such trauma and infamy.

    So many, many Heights people suffered (often silently) and trust me, so many Heights people feel they have to attend one of the many annual commemorations. (Heights people have always been involved in calls for more openness as to who may have in total been involved either the event or the later handling of the health effects for example.