October 6, 2017. Toronto, Canada—McClelland and Stewart is honoured to announce the publication of Leonard Cohen’s final book, THE FLAME, which was completed in the months before his death in November 2016. The deal was arranged with Andrew Wylie at The Wylie Agency. The book will be published in Canada on October 16, 2018. In the United States, the book will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; in the United Kingdom, it will be published by Canongate Books.
Robert Kory, Leonard Cohen’s manager and Trustee of the Cohen Estate, said, “During the final months of his life, Leonard had a singular focus—completing this book taken largely from his unpublished poems and selections from his notebooks. The flame and how our culture threatened its extinction was a central concern. Though in declining health, Leonard died unexpectedly. Those of us who had the rare privilege of spending time with him during this period recognized that the flame burned bright within him to the very end. This book, finished only days before his death, reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire. “
THE FLAME includes a stunning collection of Cohen’s last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Additionally, the book contains and extensive selection from Cohen’s notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, offering an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a unique artist and thinker. THE FLAME will also offer the full lyrics to Leonard’s final three albums, as well as those written by Cohen for the album BLUE ALERT by his collaborator Anjani. The book, which will also feature prose pieces and illustrations by Cohen, is an enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen’s storied literary career.
McClelland and Stewart publisher Jared Bland said, “It is a solemn honour to publish this profound book, which is full of Leonard Cohen’s signature combination of grace, humour, wisdom, and heartbreaking insight into the fragility and beauty of this world we all share. It will endure as a testament to his humanity and genius, and delight his millions of fans around the world.”
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