Book News Friday


2013 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature: Alice Munro

Thursday, The Swedish Academy announced the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, and they picked the amazing short story writer Alice Munro.

The 13th woman and the 1st Canadian, to be named a Nobel Prize-winner for literature, Munro is 82 years old and has 14 collections of short stories under her belt. Winning this prize at the end of her career. She’s said her latest collection, Dear Life, will be her last.

So many people have been coming out to praise Munro and say how her stories have influenced them.

Margaret Atwood:
‘Anatomised’ might be closer to what goes on in the work of Munro, though even that term is too clinical. What should we call the combination of obsessive scrutiny, archaeological unearthing, precise and detailed recollection, the wallowing in the seamier and meaner and more vengeful undersides of human nature, the telling of erotic secrets, the nostalgia for vanished miseries, and rejoicing in the fullness and variety of life, stirred all together?
Julian Barnes:
Alice Munro can move characters through time in a way that no other writer can. You are not aware that time is passing, only that it has passed—in this, the reader resembles the characters, who also find that time has passed and that their lives have been changed, without their quite understanding how, when, and why. This rare ability partly explains why her short stories have the density and reach of other people’s novels. I have sometimes tried to work out how she does it but never succeeded, and I am happy in this failure, because no one else can—or should be allowed to—write like the great Alice Munro.
Jhumpa Lahiri:
Her work felt revolutionary when I came to it, and it still does. She taught me that a short story can do anything. She turned the form on its head. She inspired me to probe deeper, to knock down walls.
We couldn’t be more excited about a short story writer finally getting some props. She is a spectacular lady, and this honor is totally worth her literary endeavors.
Bruce, one of our booksellers, was really impressed with the win for Alice Munro. He wouldn’t mind taking her on a date, either.

‘The Beggar Maid’ is my favorite of her stories. [Alice Munro] is one of those people who can craft a short story and really make it work. There’s a sense of completeness to her stories. She’s the best short story writer, in my opinion. And, she’s a good looking lady at 82 years old. Cute and Canadian.
If you haven’t gotten around to reading any of Munro’s titles, now is your chance. Another Bookseller Doc expresses that sentiment beautiful. She hasn’t read her collection, yet, but one of her UT Professors recommended it for her when she requested something to read that was “happy and not sad.”

Alice Munro & I will be together one day.

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  1. I love to read. I read all the time and I don’t know who Alice Munro is or her work. It felt odd when I heard that she won the prize and I didn’t know who she was. I am new to your blog and now I know why perhaps I don’t know anything about her. She is primarily a short story writer and I do not read short stories. I may have to revisit that opinion.

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