Posted on 02/05/2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Poet and musician Patti Smith has stepped in to help as much as she can in the wake of a bookstore burglary.

Passages bookshop in Portland, Oregon, lost nearly one hundred rare books — some signed, a few one-of-a-kind — in a January break-in that also forced the owner to close for a few weeks.

When Smith learned that a complete set of her lyrics had been among the items stolen from Passages, she reached out to the owner, reports the Guardian.

David Abel accepted her offer to donate a box of autographed copies of her books.

It’s been a good week for media coverage of Smith, who was announced as the 2020 PEN America literary service award winner yesterday.

The award goes to “a cultural luminary whose work helps us understand and interpret the human condition in powerful and original ways.”

Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and Margaret Atwood. 

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