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Winter Community Reading Group: Year of the Monkey

February 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Since we’ve opened, we’ve had tons of requests for book clubs/reading groups. Well, we’re excited to announce TWO community reading events in February.

We’ll be reading and discussing Dave Eggers’ “Monk of Mokha” at Wise Blood on 2/12 (info on that here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2771087846279904), BUT we will discuss Patti Smith’s “Year of the Monkey” at Mills Record Company (4045 Broadway Blvd) on Wednesday, February 19th.

The format will be simple: we’ll all read the book, then meet at Mills on Wednesday, February 19th from 6:30-8 pm to discuss.


Since we expect space at these discussions to be limited, we are asking attendees to purchase a copy of the book at Wise Blood to reserve a seat. Come on in to purchase/order the book and guarantee your spot!

“From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs–including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger’s words, “Anything is possible: after all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.” For Smith–inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing–the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.

Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world.

Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.”


February 19, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm