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Alice Munro Nobel for Literature

Friday, October 11, 2013

I am so delighted and so proud that Canadian short story writer Alice Munro is the Nobel Laureate. The very first Canadian Nobel for literature (and we have many other great writers . . . ). There is an outpouring of exultation and joy and richly deserved praise of her amazing work in this morning's Globe and Mail. She herself had forgotten she had been nominated and considers the Nobel as an award for her genre rather than for herself.

If you haven't read any of her work, you have a huge huge treat in store for you. It's often been said that there is a Chekhovian quality to her writing; although her genre is the short story and not the novel, I'd compare her to Jane Austen with respect to her absolute accuracy in capturing the small and telling details of human interaction. Her work is genuinely universal while at the same time capturing the essence of a truly Canadian voice and experience.

Best news of all: at 82, she had indicated that her most recent book (Dear Life) would be her last.

Now she is considering coming out of retirement to give us more.

More Munro possible? That's worth celebrating!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KALIGIRL 10/12/2013 8:06AM

    Looking forward to my treat - especially in short story format!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/12/2013 6:10AM

    How nice! I'll have to check out her work.

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PHOENIX1949 10/12/2013 1:28AM

    emoticon Now, I will 'Google' and learn more about her.

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_LINDA 10/12/2013 12:35AM

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Was great news! I am sorry to say I have not read her works, I wasn't into short stories, but now will reconsider for sure. It may be exactly what a busy person can find the time to read!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/11/2013 11:57PM

    You are a great promoter of her work. I'll have to check her out. Congratulations on the recognition of your national treasure.

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PHEBESS 10/11/2013 10:23PM

    YAY for Ms. Munro (and Canadian authors!)!!!!!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/11/2013 8:48PM

    I love finding new to me authors... adding this one to my list. Although I've never been a fan of Chekhov, it's not his fault he writes about people with iovich and ovna names that confuse the heck out of this reader. Jane Austen... more of a draw.

LOL... but whatever... I love reading, and congrats to your nation representing at the Nobel prizes!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/11/2013 4:33PM

    Exciting! So happy for you and for her, and now for me, because I will follow up and read some of her work. Thanks.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/11/2013 10:48AM

    That's great!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/11/2013 10:16AM

    Always glad for those good news days.

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SUSANNAH31 10/11/2013 9:55AM

    I have two of Alice Munro's books of short stories on my shelves: "Open Secrets" and "Hateship, Frindship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage."
I enjoy her stories - and am very happy to see her win the prize.

Another Canadian author that I enjoy is much less well known: Mary Lawson.
She has a background in psychology and creates very well developed characters. I enjoy her books: Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/11/2013 9:53AM

    Yes, that was very exciting news! What a national treasure she is!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/11/2013 9:19AM

    Yes, congrats! I heard part of her interview and she sounds like a lovely human. Will check out her work.

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KANOE10 10/11/2013 9:15AM

    Yay for a Canadian winning. I will check out her books!

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DDOORN 10/11/2013 8:59AM

    I love good literature but rarely take the time to enjoy reading these days...seems I have to be on vacation and away from home before I can settle into a good book. I'm so out of the loop that I get overwhelmed when I step into a bookstore and think about buying a book as there are ENDLESS novels and non-fiction that call out to to pick just ONE? I usually walk out without getting any rather than adding to a pile of unread masterpieces...ugh!

As an adolescent, young adult I immersed myself into reading...but then I neglected my body and physical pursuits. How to balance?


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