Patti Smith wins US book award

Patti Smith wins US book award

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Patti Smith has been honoured with a National Book Award in the US for her children’s book.

The former punk rocker became tearful as she accepted the non-fiction prize for Just Kids, a bittersweet look back to New York City in the 1960s.

Patti offered an old-fashioned tribute to books. She begged publishers not to let the printed page die in the electronic age and recalled working decades ago at a Scribner’s bookstore, stacking the National Book Award winners and wondering how it would feel to win one.

“So thank you for letting me find out,” said Patti, 63.

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