National Book Award for Patti Smith!

Just Kids

According to the New York Times, Patti Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids:

Accepting the award to applause and cheers, Ms. Smith — clearly the favorite of the night — choked up as she recalled her days as a clerk in the Scribner’s bookstore in Manhattan.

“I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,” she said. “Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.”

I read Just Kids months ago, and I’m still gushing about it to anyone who’ll listen.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on November 18, 2010.

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