Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

I just learned this morning who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature through the New York Times article titled Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature by Julie Bosman. 

 In her article, Ms. Bosman writes the following:
Alice Munro, the renowned Canadian short-story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small-town existence and the fallibility of memory, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Ms. Munro, 82, is the 13th woman to win the prize. 

Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said that Ms. Munro was a “master of the contemporary short story.” 

Ms. Munro, who lives in Clinton, a town in Ontario, told a writer from The Globe and Mail this year that she planned to retire after “Dear Life,” her 14th story collection. 

In a statement from Penguin Random House, her publisher, Ms. Munro said that she was “amazed, and very grateful” for the prize. 

She added: “I’m particularly glad that winning this award will please so many Canadians. I’m happy, too, that this will bring more attention to Canadian writing.” 

Ms. Munro revolutionized the architecture of short stories, often beginning a story in an unexpected place, then moving backward or forward in time. She brought a modesty and subtle wit to her work that her admirers often traced to her background growing up in rural Canada. She said she fell into writing short stories, the form that would make her famous, somewhat by accident. 

“For years and years I thought that stories were just practice, till I got time to write a novel,” she told The New Yorker in 2012. “Then I found that they were all I could do, and so I faced that. I suppose that my trying to get so much into stories has been a compensation.”
A big congratulations is in order for Alice Munro on her fantastic achievement!! 

I've yet to read a single thing written by Alice Munro that I can recall... Perhaps the time has come for me to seek out and read something written by her.

Until my next post, happy reading!

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