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Alice Munro

Pedro Almodovar's Women: The Two Faces of Julieta

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.30.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Pedro Almodovar loves women. His films feature memorable female roles: look at Kika, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Talk to Her, Volver, y...

Pedro Almodovar's' Julieta' is a Complex Mother/Daughter Masterpiece

Tara Fass | Posted 12.25.2016 | Entertainment
Tara Fass

Once again we peer into the cinematic mirror to reflect and better understand the human condition. 'Julieta' is Pedro Almodovar's triumphant twent...

'As Good as Gone,' A Conversation with Larry Watson

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.05.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Susan Watson Larry Watson received his BA and MA from the University of North Dakota and his PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah...

Cannes 2016: Pedro Almodovar Confronts Loss in "Julieta"

Karin Badt | Posted 05.21.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

I loved watching the latest Pedro Almodovar film, Julieta, based on three short stories by Alice Munro. It's not that the story is particularly str...

Bartering With Your Life: A Conversation With Siobhan Adcock

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.15.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Bridget, the main character in Siobhan Adcock's novel, The Barter, faces one of life's hardest questions: what would you give to save your family? To save your life? Adcock spoke to me about the nature of sacrifice, how women barter, and the power of fairy tale.

Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever

Steven Petite | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone.

"Still Alice" - But in a Different Kind of Wonderland

Joseph Cooper | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

The descent of Alice Howland, Ph.D., is told in month-by-month chapters. Alice's disorientation, hallucinations, confabulations, frustrations, humiliations, and distress are vivid and telling.

Valerie Trueblood and Matters of Life and Death

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 05.06.2014 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

Her stories deal frankly with matters of life and death. They are written with the assurance of someone with complete mastery of the form and contain events that feel entirely convincing, in fact, they seem reassuringly inevitable.

Alice Munro, Mathematician

Marjorie Senechal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Marjorie Senechal

Munro's stories sound like ideal math proofs: short and deceptively simple, moving back and forth between foreground (theorems) and background (lemmas), opening out to resolve a web of questions, revealing vistas of far-flung applications.

Who Says Alice Munro Isn't Political?

Anna Szymanski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Anna Szymanski

Her form of social critique isn't showy, and it doesn't involve preaching. Instead, it's about giving voice to a different type of woman: working-class women, older women, mentally-ill women, those women who normally appear only as tropes or stereotypes when they appear at all.

On Teaching the Work of Alice Munro

Daniel Pena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Daniel Pena

Alice Munro's writing, like all great writing, teaches us to be human. It engages big questions in small spaces: What does it mean to be regional? What does it mean to be Canadian? What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to be betrayed?

Nobel Winner Was Too Busy To Write Novels

The Atlantic | Posted 10.11.2013 | Books

This morning, Alice Munro became the first Canadian author and the 13th woman ever to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Good timing: Munro also told...

Reading Alice Munro: There Are 15 Books. Start With 'Dear Life'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The lives of little people. We see them on the street, and, if we are curious, we wonder about their lives. Alice Munro does our homework for us -- she inhabits those lives. Her judgments are sure. And tough. And also... human.

The Best Reactions To Alice Munro's Win

Posted 10.10.2013 | Women

When the news broke this morning that short-story author Alice Munro was the first Canadian and 13th woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Twit...

The Mexicanadian Threat

Francis Levy | Posted 10.21.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

European and Middle Eastern countries are often bounded by hostile neighbors. The Battle of Britain was a turning point in the Second World War. Yet i...

Roth and Munro: When Authors Retire

Alec Gewirtz | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Alec Gewirtz

A writer's life cut short -- Keats, Marlowe, the Brontës -- haunts literary history, and the writer's fear of dying prematurely, before fulfilling his potential, once made for some of the West's finest writing. How fittingly modern, then, that writers nowadays could, in effect, live too long.

Who Is The Most Important Contemporary Writer Of Fiction?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I asked these major fiction writers who they thought was the most important contemporary fiction writer, and what had been his/her influence on their ...

Short Stories: Writers Talk About The Form To Anis Shivani

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We asked the writers these questions: What do you like about writing short stories, and if you also write novels, how do you compare the writing?

Short Story Month: Addicted to Alice Munro

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

What is most compelling about Alice Munro's stories is the sense we have of peering into the darkest recesses of people's hearts, eavesdropping, learning their tortured secrets. In an age of reality TV this may seem passé.

Women Dominate Short Story Writing: Who You Should Be Reading

The Guardian | Sarah Crown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Given that 2009 looks set to live in literary memory as the year that brought us Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol", Jordan: "Pushed to the Limit" and "Pri...

The 16th Annual Giller Prize and the Future of Literature in a Digital Age

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marissa Bronfman

Last night the 16th annual Giller Prize celebrated excellence in Canadian literature, reminding us of the incredible dedication, passion and talent with which authors in this great nation write.

The New York Times' Best Books Of 2009

The New York Times | The New York Times Book Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Book Review has made these selections from books reviewed since Dec. 7, 2008, when we published our previous Notables list. It was not easy pickin...

Literary Prize Winners Of 2009 (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There were some surprises this year, and a lot of women winning awards. In case you missed them, here are the moments we celebrated in literature duri...

Women Sweep Literature Prizes

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Is it an accident, the judging panels, a mini-trend or are the tides turning? With the sweep of this year's literary awards, all eyes are on the women...

Sick of Sarah Palin's Book? Let's Talk About Writing And The Writers' Writer

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

These last two weeks seem to be all about books by non-writers and we felt it was time to change the conversation. We asked writers--colleagues and fr...