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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Happy birthday, Alice Munro!

Today, July 10, is Alice Munro’s 85th birthday.  Everyone knows this Canadian writer; she’s a literary legend.  In 2013 she won the Nobel Prize in Literature, being recognized as a "master of the contemporary short story."

She has 14 original short story collections:
Dance of the Happy Shades – 1968 (winner of the 1968 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 1978 Governor General's Award for Fiction and short-listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1980)
The Moons of Jupiter – 1982 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
The Progress of Love – 1986 (winner of the 1986 Governor General's Award for Fiction)
Friend of My Youth – 1990
Open Secrets – 1994 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
The Love of a Good Woman – 1998 (winner of the 1998 Giller Prize)
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – 2001
Runaway – 2004 (winner of the Giller Prize and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize)
The View from Castle Rock – 2006
Too Much Happiness – 2009
Dear Life – 2012

In her honour, CBC Books has compiled a list entitled “85 fascinating Alice Munro facts for her 85th birthday” (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/07/fascinating-alice-munro-facts.html).  Actually, if you go to http://www.cbc.ca/books/alicemunro85/index.html, you will find all sorts of interesting information about our revered author, including her favourite books.  You can listen to Eleanor Wachtel’s interview with her and even sign a birthday card for her.  (Thank you CBC Books.)

And if you happen not to have read this author, check out this article, "Where to Start with Literary Bliss:  An Alice Munro Primer" (http://www.signature-reads.com/2016/07/where-to-start-with-literary-bliss-an-alice-munro-primer/?cdi=321A47B09DAD4547E0534FD66B0AE227&ref=PRH24BB520913).