Canadians are celebrating not only Thanksgiving this weekend (my favourite holiday!) but also this week’s exciting announcement that Alice Munro has been
named the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature. Bravo!
Perhaps Canada’s best known author at this time, she has kept the bar raised on the art of short-story writing for several decades. The Clinton, Ontario, based writer is the 110th Nobel Laureate in literature but only the 13th woman to win the distinction and the first woman from Canada. We are proud!
No stranger to winning awards, her long list of achievements include: the Man Booker International Prize (2009), two Scotiabank Giller Prizes (2004, 1998), three Governor General’s Literary Awards (1986,1978, 1968) The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2005), the Inaugural Marian Engel Award (1986), the American National Book Critics Circle Award (1998). Her last published collection, Dear Life in 2012, garnered her a third Trillium Book Award in June.
A strong role model and influence on many woman writers, this honour will only enhance that. If you haven’t read any of her work, I strongly urge you to do so.
Dance of the Happy Shades 1968
Lives of Girls and Women 1971
Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You 1974
Who Do You Think You Are? 1978
The Moons of Jupiter 1982
The Progress of Love 1986
Friend of my Youth 1990
Open Secrets: Stories 1994
The Love of a Good Woman 1998
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage 2001
No Love Lost 2003
The View from Castle Rock 2006
Carried Away: A Selection of Stories 2006
Too Much Happiness 2009
Dear Life 2012
Source: Alice Munro’s Official Facebook page
Wishing all Canadians a happy Thanksgiving!
My DH and I will be in the air all day tomorrow returning from our month in France. We’re thankful for the wonderful opportunities we have had here and look forward to catching up with our family and friends. How will you spend this holiday weekend?