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Monday, July 10, 2017

On Alice Munro's Birthday: Read one of her Amazing Short Stories

Today is Alice Munro’s 86th birthday.  In honour of the occasion, I thought I’d share links to two articles focusing on other writers and their relationships with our beloved Canadian short story writer.

The first article appeared in The New Yorker in 2013 when Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature:  http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/writers-on-munro.  Seven writers discuss what Alice Munro’s fiction has meant to them.  I love the comment by Julian Barnes:  “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.”

On Munro’s special day, it would be appropriate to read/re-read a Munro story.  Since Munro has written 139 stories, choosing one might be difficult, so why not check out this article from last year:  http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/07/lorrie-moore-guy-vanderhaeghe-share-their-favourite-alice-munro-short-stories.html.  CBC Books asked prominent writers and broadcasters to choose their favourite Munro short story or collection. 

Happy birthday, Alice Munro!