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Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Instagram

Public Library & Other Stories competition image for Instagram

In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite you to join in the #MyPublicLibrary competition!

The competition

Launching on 4 January, simply tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself with a favourite book you discovered at a library using the hashtag #MyPublicLibrary to be in with a chance of winning your very own curated library from Ali Smith herself. Five books, hand-chosen to inspire you!

We are also giving away signed posters and signed copies of Public Library and Other Stories to two lucky runners up.

The competition will open on 4 January and close on 31 January and we’ll announce our worthy winner on National Libraries Day, 6 February.

Public Library and Other Stories

A richly inventive new collection of stories from Ali Smith, author of How to be Both, winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize and the Costa Novel Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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 unravelling 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.

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