Yesterday the Swedish Academy announced the name of the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Literature–Canadian author Alice Munro. If you’ve never heard of Alice Munro or never had the pleasure of reading her beautifully crafted short fiction, have no fear! Now that she is a Nobel laureate, bookstores around the world will be stocking up on her titles. I first read her short fiction back when I was working on my MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. My thesis advisor, Tom De Haven, recommended her work to me. He said he was pretty sure I would love her writing style, and he was right.
A few years later, I rediscovered my love of her fiction when my husband bought a copy of the Best American Short Stories 2006. Her story, “The View from Castle Rock”, was one of the featured stories. Both Tord and I went on an Alice Munro bender for a while.
So now it’s time to go on another Alice Munro bender. I think I’ll reread some of her work and buy some of her short story collections for my Kindle. If you’re interested in discovering Alice Munro’s stellar writing, check out Lives of Girls and Women, Too Much Happiness, Dear Life, Friend of My Youth and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (this title was recently republished as Away from Her). You won’t be disappointed.