Canongate nets Nick Cave book

Canongate nets Nick Cave book

Canongate has bought Stranger Than Kindness by musician Nick Cave, to accompany an exhibition in Copenhagen opening in March 2020.

Canongate c.e.o. Jamie Byng acquired world rights from Brian Message at ATC management. Featuring previously unseen material, the £35 hardback will be published on 23rd March 2020. Images will be paired with “commentary and meditations from Cave” and writer Darcey Steinke on themes that are central to Cave’s work, Canongate said.

The title accompanies the forthcoming exhibition, “Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition”, which will be hosted at The Black Diamond in Copenhagen. It will run from 23rd March to 3rd October 2020.

Canongate said: “Stranger Than Kindness is a journey in images and words into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave. This highly collectible book contains images selected by Cave from ‘Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition’, presented by the Royal Danish Library in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne. Featuring full-colour reproductions of original artwork, handwritten lyrics, photographs and collected personal artefacts, it presents Cave’s life, work and inspiration and explores his many real and imagined universes.

The book "asks what shapes our lives and makes us who we are, and celebrates the curiosity and power of the creative spirit”, the publisher said.

Byng told The Bookseller: “I can’t think of many creative forces whose output has been as consistently original, striking, affecting and memorable as Nick Cave’s. Or whose work just keeps getting better and better with time. But over his remarkable career, Nick has achieved a breadth of artistic mastery that I believe is second to none and with his latest creation, Stranger than Kindness, he has brought together many of the elements that have made this life so compelling and inspiring."

He added: "We could not be happier to be publishing another book with Nick and believe that this stunningly produced new book is going to be leapt on by his many fans as well as find him many new ones.” 

Cave has been a musician for more than 30 years and is best known as the songwriter and lead singer of “Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds”.