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    Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:41:00

    Patti Smith Wins Book Award - Her memoir, "Just Kids," was honored

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    Rumpled rock icon Patti Smith was among the major winners of the U.S. National Book Awards for her memoir Just Kids, reports The Associated Press. Smith choked up with tears upon receiving the award at the event, and she urged book publishers to not let technology kill traditional books. Amen. I am all about gadgets and technology, but the Kindle just doesn't rank up there with the sensation of turning pages, cracking the spine, dog-earing pages, setting up a shelf overflowing books, which are extensions of your personality and your brain and thus reveal to visitors what your interests are when they enter your home, and the smell of old, used and lived in books. Wait, where was I?

    Just Kids chronicles Smith's struggles in her youth and her unusual relationship with American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, known for his subversive homoerotica. "There is nothing more beautiful than the book, the paper, the font, the cloth," said Smith, whose book was published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. "Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please never abandon the book."

    Do you prefer bound books or have you moved on to the Kindle?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    11.19.10




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