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Book Bits: Nobel Prize In Literature 2013 – Canadian Author Alice Munro Honored With Prize

Nobel Prize In Literature 2013: Canadian Author Alice Munro Honored With Prize.

munroe“Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Literature on Thursday for “her finely tuned storytelling.”

“The prize, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, is given to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”

“Munro, who is best known for her short stories, was hailed by the Academy as a ‘master of the contemporary story.'”

  • What a way to learn you won the prize: “The Swedish Academy has not been able to get a hold of Alice Munro, left a phone message.” – on Twitter
  • Paris Review Interview with Alice Munroe, with Jeanne McCulloch – “Like the house, like the landscape of Ontario, which resembles the American Midwest, Munro is not imposing. She is gracious, with a quiet humor.”
  • My favorite Alice Munroe quotation:  “A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.”
  • dearlifecoverReview: Alice Munro’s Definitive Biography to Honor Her Retirement, by Jennie Yabroff – “Munro acknowledges that some of the stories in her most recent collection, ‘Dear Life,’ are autobiographical (‘in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact,’ she writes), as were many of the pieces in her 2006 collection, ‘The View from Castle Rock,’ which traced the writer’s ancestors from Scotland to Canada.” – Biographile
  • Reaction: “I imagine fiction writers everywhere today are celebrating the Nobel Committee having gotten it exactly right. There’s probably no one alive who’s better at the craft of the short story, or who has done more to revolutionize the use of time in that form, the result often being a twenty page story that demonstrates the breadth and scope of a novel.” – Jim Shepard

“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of folktales, including “The Land Between the Rivers” three-story Kindle e-book.


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