Punk icon Patti Smith's literary skills have again landed her book world honours - she'll be among the top writers competing for this year's (11) coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
The Because The Night rocker, social critic Christopher Hitchens and novelist Jonathan Franzen will be among the finalists.
Smith picked up the top prize at the 2010 U.S. National Book Awards in New York in November (10) for her memoir Just Kids.