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Tuesday
Jul152014

Patti Smith Named the Recipient of the 2014 "Chicago Tribune" Literary Award

Image Courtesy Columbia RecordsSong lyrics played an important role in singer Patti Smith's 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  But it's her overall body of work as a writer that's landed Smith the 2014 Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

In addition to being a songwriter, the Chicago-born Smith is also a playwright, poet and author.  Her 2010 memoir, Just Kids, won a National Book Award for nonfiction.

"In selecting Patti Smith for the Chicago Tribune Literary Award, we honor a Chicago original -- a woman who moved across the genres of rock music, poetry, visual arts and literature, leaving her unmistakable mark on all," said Gerould Kern, Chicago Tribune editor and executive vice president.  "Across her career, she demonstrated the courage and creativity to transcend boundaries and challenge us to think and see the world anew."

Smith's award will be presented November 1 as part of the 25th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, which begins October 25.


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