Congratulations to Alice Munro, the Canadian author who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, which the Swedish Academy announced this (Thursday) morning. She is deemed to be “master of the contemporary short story,” and if you haven’t read any of her stories we have lots in stock or listen to ‘Dear Life’ one of her latest.
The Nobel committee press release says that the Canadian author’s “texts often feature depictions of everyday but decisive events, epiphanies of a kind, that illuminate the surrounding story and let existential questions appear in a flash of lightning.”
In an interview, academy Permanent Secretary Peter Englund celebrated Munro’s focus on a small Canadian landscape of “broad rivers and small towns,” adding that “she has everything she needs in this small patch of earth.”
Alice Munro is 82 and recently announced that she likely will give up writing: “Not that I didn’t love writing, but I think you do get to a stage where you sort of think about your life in a different way. And perhaps, when you’re my age, you don’t wish to be alone as much as a writer has to be.”