▶ Singer-songwriter, artist, and National Book Award–winning author Patti Smith follows 2010’s Just Kids with a second memoir, M Train (Knopf Canada), which takes a journey through 17 “stations” of the author’s life in various countries.
▶ Stan Lee, the brain behind Marvel Comics superheroes like Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers, tells of his almost 80-year career in media production in Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir (Simon & Schuster Canada), co-written by graphic novelists Peter David and Colleen Doran.
▶ Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Blue Rider Press) is Elvis Costello’s debut memoir, rich with personal anecdotes and insight into the punk icon and Grammy Award–winning performer’s creative process and life on the road. Look for the book in October.
▶ Twenty-four years after her first book, Little Girl Lost, actress-director Drew Barrymore returns with a second memoir. Wildflower reflects on her life as a child actor from a perspective of wisdom and clarity today (Dutton Adult/Penguin Canada).
Bard in time
In honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Knopf Canada presents the Hogarth Shakespeare series, featuring novel-length renditions of the Bard’s dramas by contemporary authors including Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Gillian Flynn, and Jo Nesbø. The titles will be released in 12 languages across 18 territories as a joint international publishing initiative led by Hogarth U.K., and helmed in Canada by Knopf Random Canada executive publisher Louise Dennys. The first instalment in the series, and the only title publishing in 2015, is award-winning U.K. author Jeanette Winterson’s retelling of The Winter’s Tale, titled The Gap of Time, due in October.
Writers on writers
• In 1921, Gerald and Sara Murphy fled their cramped New York apartment and oppressive parents for France, where they established a thriving social life among a community of writers and artists of the lost generation, the likes of which included Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. London-based U.S. author Liza Klaussman’s sophomore novel, Villa America, is a fictional rendering of the exploits of the socialite couple and their literary confidantes (Doubleday Canada)
• Irish writer Nuala O’Connor (Nuala Ní Chonchúir) uses her expertise as an Emily Dickinson International Society member to bring the Dickinson family to life through the story of their young maid, Ada, in Miss Emily (Penguin Canada).