Earlier this week we introduced you to our Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shadowing reading groups. Now we are pleased to present our Library Ambassadors. These 3 librarians will be shadowing this year’s Prize by reading the six shortlisted titles and will also be promoting the Prize in their libraries. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as they discuss the books over the coming weeks leading up to the winner announcement on Wednesday 7 June.
I began to suspect that I was slightly different to other children when, at 7 years old, my most prized possession was the ‘A’ volume of the children’s Encyclopaedia Britannica (I couldn’t afford the rest of the set). I learnt a lot about ants. Reading and books are pretty much my life, along with my cats. At the moment I work Hillingdon Libraries and when I’m not working, reading or writing – you can bet I’m doing something else ‘vaguely bookish’. I am very excited to be participating in the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction by being a Library Ambassador as I love the whole ethos behind the Baileys Prize! Such as celebrating modern fiction, recognising women and most importantly promoting reading for pleasure.
My name is Sarah and I live in Norwich, Norfolk. I really cannot remember a time when I couldn’t read and my absolute nightmare is being stuck somewhere without a book! I will read nearly anything that is suggested or recommended but as yet I still haven’t managed to finish a horror novel, even the young adult Point Horror books are too scary for me. I’m excited to be an Ambassador for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction this year – the shortlist looks fantastic. Normally when I read books that have been shortlisted for prizes it is well after the event and no one wants to chat about them – this time I’ll be able to join in the conversations and share my thoughts (and hopefully love) on the books at the right time and actually have discussions about them! I can be found online under the alias Norfolkbookworm (Twitter and blog) as well as tweeting, facebooking, blogging and Instagramming for Norfolk Library Service and in particular the Millennium Library (@Millenniumlib).
I am a Librarian and have been with Bournemouth Libraries for nearly 18 years. I organise Reader Development for them, running for example the Annual Jewish Book Week on Tour. I consume books and especially love trying out new debut authors. I am especially fond of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and I am thrilled to be picked as an Ambassador of the Prize. There is something very special about women’s writing and I feel that this year it is a particularly strong shortlist and look forward to reading and reviewing them.
Read more about the shortlisted books and let us know what you think.
Tell us which book from the shortlist you think should win and why? Share your thoughts using #BaileysPrize or comment below.