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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” (  Actually, if you go to, 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" (