Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alice Munro Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

I got my wish! Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ms. Munro, a Canadian author of fourteen short story collections, is a master of the form, par excellence. She has told several interviewers that Dear Life, published last year, will be her last collection. She is 82. I am delighted with the Swedish Academy's choice because, unlike in recent years, the selection of Alice Munro is, in my opinion, more strictly based on literary merit, as opposed to politics. Congratulations Alice!

Now y'all go read! There's plenty to choose from:

Dance of the Happy Shades – 1968 (winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction)
Lives of Girls and Women – 1971
Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You – 1974
Who Do You Think You Are? – 1978 (winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction)
The Moons of Jupiter – 1982 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
The Progress of Love – 1986 (winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction)
Friend of My Youth – 1990 (winner of the Trillium Book Award)
Open Secrets – 1994 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
The Love of a Good Woman – 1998 (winner of the Giller Prize)
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - 2001
Runaway – 2004 (winner of the Giller Prize)
The View from Castle Rock – 2006
Too Much Happiness – 2009
Dear Life – 2012

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