Patti Smith wins National Book Award

Patti SmithRobert Mapplethorpe
In a year in which e-books began raining chaos on the publishing industry in a similar way as MP3s upended the music business, a memoir by a rocker took the National Book Award for nonfiction. Patti Smith, long the poet laureate of the punk movement, made it official with a loving remembrance... Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
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