Patti Smith - A Book of Days (Dominican University of California)

- There is a parking lot on Grand Ave with an entrance on Acacia Ave.
- Attendees should have their ticket confirmation ready to show at the check-in table
- Online ticket holders will enter through the middle and right doors
- Tickets will be under the name used at check-out
- You will not receive a physical ticket. You will need to check in at the Book Passage table, where you will recieve your book, and then go into the hall and choose your seats.
- Masks are optional

- Angelico Concert Hall address: 20 Olive Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901

Songs and Stories

with Patti Smith
A Book of Days included with ticket

Wed., November 30, 2022 • 7:00pm PT
Dominican University of California

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A deeply moving and brilliantly idiosyncratic visual book of days by the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids and M Train, featuring more than 365 images and reflections that chart Smith’s singular aesthetic — inspired by her wildly popular Instagram.

In 2018, without any plan or agenda for what might happen next, Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo: her hand with the simple message “Hello Everybody!” Known for shooting with her beloved Land Camera 250, Smith started posting images from her phone including portraits of her kids, her radiator, her boots, and her Abyssinian cat, Cairo. Followers felt an immediate affinity with these miniature windows into Smith’s world, photographs of her daily coffee, the books she’s reading, the graves of beloved heroes — William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Simone Weil, Albert Camus. Over time, a coherent story of a life devoted to art took shape, and more than a million followers responded to Smith’s unique aesthetic in images that chart her passions, devotions, obsessions, and whims. Original to this book are vintage photographs: anniversary pearls, a mother’s keychain, and a husband’s Mosrite guitar. Here, too, are photos from Smith’s archives of life on and off the road, train stations, obscure cafés, a notebook always nearby. In wide-ranging yet intimate daily notations, Smith shares dispatches from her travels around the world.

With over 365 photographs taking you through a single year, A Book of Days is a new way to experience the expansive mind of the visionary poet, writer, and performer. Hopeful, elegiac, playful — and complete with an introduction by Smith that explores her documentary process — A Book of Days is a timeless offering for deeply uncertain times, an inspirational map of an artist’s life.

Patti Smith is the author of the National Book Award winner Just Kids, as well as M Train, Year of the Monkey, and numerous collections of poetry and essays. 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, and was awarded the key to New York City in 2021.


Patti Smith photo courtesy of the publisher



Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA 94901
A Book of Days By Patti Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593448540
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Published: Random House - November 15th, 2022