Here at The Bookloft, we are in a celebratory mood due to Alice Munro's well-deserved win of the Nobel Prize in Literature!
Alice Munro is a Canadian fiction writer known in particular for her masterful contemorary short stories. Her work has been highly acclaimed for decades, beginning with Dance of the Happy Shades in 1968 which won Canada's highest literary prize, the Governor General's Award.
Munro went on to win the Governor General's Award two more times and in 2009 was awarded the Man Booker International Prize.
But enough about formal awards- the list could (and does) go on and on! Alice's work is not just the kind that wins literary prizes (oh so many). She appeals to all sorts of readers- in fact, we've staff picked her books more than once!
Dear Life Stories, Munro's newest work, was staff picked by Ellyne, who aptly describes Munro's stories as "miniature novels"- so her work isn't just for the short story fans out there. Ellyne continues, "Her prose is simple, lean, and beautiful. Her lives are full of poignant longing; you may recognize yourself in a particular stroke of this writer's pen."
Eric's staff pick, Runaway, is also a Munro masterpiece. Just as Ellyne noted that we may see pieces of ourselves within her stories, Eric believes that "the women in these stories could be our spouses, our sisters, daughters or neighbors". At the end of the day, Alice Munro "gets what it is to be human"
Want to sample some of Munro's work and see if it's for you? We've always got several of her books here at The Bookloft- and some at half off!