Patti Smith Writing Sequel to 'Just Kids'

Singer says she is also working on a mystery novel and books of poetry

March 25, 2011 3:10 PM ET
Patti Smith Writing Sequel to 'Just Kids'
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Patti Smith is working on a sequel to her popular and critically acclaimed memoir Just Kids. That book, which tells the story of her close friendship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, won the National Book Award for nonfiction last year.

"The people's response to the book gives me an impetus to publish more," Smith told NBC New York's Niteside blog. In addition to working on a follow-up to Just Kids, the singer is also writing a mystery novel and smaller books of poetry. "I think I'll spend most of 2011 writing," she said.

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Smith did not say what the second memoir will be about, but it seems likely that it could be about her relationship with her late husband Fred "Sonic" Smith.

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