“I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.” Alice Munro
What a thrill to wake up today and see that fellow Canadian, Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize in Literature as “master of the contemporary short story”. Her stories usually revolve around life in rural southern Ontario, where she grew up, and coming-of-age struggles.
Have you read any of her stories? Wondering what to read?
Dance of the Happy Shades – her first collection of short stories and winner of the 1968 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.
Who Do You Think You Are – 1978 winner of the Governor General’s Award for English Fiction. Published outside of Canada as The Beggar Maid.
The Love of a Good Woman –1998 Giller Prize Winner.
Runaway – 2004 Giller Prize Winner.
Dear Life – Her most recent collection, published in 2012, and apparently her last, as Munro has said that she will retire from writing. She is 82 years old. Dear Life was awarded the Trillium Book Award.
Alice Munro also won the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 for her lifetime body of work. Watch the announcement of Munro winning the Nobel Prize here.