Prize Ceremony and Lecture by Patti Smith
Monday, September 19
Legendary musician, songwriter, and National Book Award-winning author Patti Smith delivers the Windham-Campbell Lecture. President Peter Salovey presents awards to Hilton Als, Stanley Crouch, Helen Garner (nonﬁction); Tessa Hadley, C. E. Morgan, Jerry Pinto (ﬁction); and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Abbie Spallen, Hannah Moscovitch (drama).
Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her seminal album, Horses, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. She has recorded twelve albums and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith is the author of Just Kids, recipient of the 2010 National Book Award. She is also the author of Woolgathering, four poetry collections, a book of lyrics, and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller and critically acclaimed memoir M Train. Her work has been translated in over forty countries. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 2011, she received the Polar Music Prize, an international award for excellence in music. Among numerous other awards, she most recently received the highest honor conferred by Dublin’s Trinity College, the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse through the Arts.
Co-sponsored by Yale University Press.