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Alice Munro

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 ...

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.

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Here's your weekly book review roundup, in case you missed the weekend's reviews in the midst of your food coma. "Family Album", Penelope Lively The ...

How Do You Make a Writer Kvetch?

Michael Wex | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Wex

I don't complain because I'm unhappy. Writers in general don't seem to complain any more than musicians or painters or any other group of free-lance workers, they just tend to do it better.

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...

Alice Munro Wins Man Booker International Prize

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

According to the official announcement, Alice Munro has won the International Man Booker Prize. "I am totally amazed and delighted," she said in a pre...