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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!!

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