Monday, May 15, 2006

Cohen promotes new book, digitalspy.com, May 15 06

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk
Sunday, May 14 2006, 22:47 BST - by Dave West

Cohen appears to promote new book

The usually reclusive Leonard Cohen made a rare appearance to promote a book he hopes will fund his retirement.

Millions were stolen from the veteran signer and poet by his former lover and manager Kelley Lynch – leaving him, he claims, with just $150,000.

He turned out for a public performance in Toronto on Saturday, playing 70s favourites 'So Long, Marianne' and 'Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye', backed by Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith.

Book of Longing is a semi-autobiographical collection of the star's poems and illustrations and has received good reviews. Much of it was written while he stayed at Los Angeles's Zen Center, where he was made a Zen monk with the name Jikan.

It is dedicated to Canadian poet and Cohen-mentor Irving Layton, who died this year.

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