Thursday, November 18, 2010

Patti Smith Wins National Book Award

Patti Smith Wins National Book Award
By Tim Cashmere

Patti Smith has taken the National Book Award for nonfiction home on Wednesday night for her book ‘Just Kids’.

The book tells the story of her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe and details a time when New York was the hip and swinging place to be.

“I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,” she said at the ceremony while accepting her award. “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.”

The National Book Awards have been running in New York since 1950 with the goal of “enhancing the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.”

Source: Undercover

(Congrats to Patti :) I think everyone at some point in their lives dreams or fantasizes about writing a book, maybe not about your own life, but about something. I agree with Patti - that let's hope that 'the book' always remains a part of the world and doesn't become all digital. I know owning and reading a real book is still special as oppose to reading something online. To me it's a lot like having an album/record it's much more special than just a digital download.)

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