Public Library and Other Stories (Paperback)
Ms. Smith does it again. Addressing a very serious concern about the defunding and closures of public libraries in Britain, she inventively juxtaposes fiction and non-fiction. Quotes from people about what libraries mean to them are inserted between her faithfully artful short stories. Not all of these stories are about libraries, but she slyly finds a way to include public libraries as a detail in each. There was not a moment I did not enjoy this book.— From Gena
Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we ve read over our lives our own personal libraries make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us?
The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.
Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism and as a wonderful read from one of our finest authors.
About the Author
Ali Smithis the author of many works of fiction, including the novelHotel World, which was short-listed for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award, andThe Accidental, which won the Whitbread Award and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Her most recent novel, How to be both, was a Man Booker Prize finalist and winner of the Bailey Women s Prize, the Goldsmith Prize, the Costa Novel Award, and the Saltire Literary Book of the Year Award. Born in Inverness, Scotland, Smith lives in Cambridge, England."