Canadian Author Alice Munro Wins the Nobel

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Short story master Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for literature is incredibly exciting news. She's the first Canadian-born and -raised writer, and only the 13th woman, to be awarded this prestigious honor. 

Alice Munro.
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According to CTV News, 82-year-old Munro reported feeling "wonderful" about the "wild" news:

She added that the coveted prize is on another level. "It's such a worldwide, important thing… I don't think along this line usually.

"I don't reflect on my own career. I just go on and I'm always in the present pretty much."

If you haven't read Munro yet, or want to jump back into her deeply human and profoundly, often hauntingly emotional stories to celebrate her win, you can't go wrong with the Selected Stories best hits anthology. My personal favorite Munro work is The Beggar Maid, which experiments with creating a long-form book through a string of interrelated short stories. Rose is an unforgettable character, and Munro's skill is evident in every paragraph. 

Contemporary short story champion The New Yorker, which has showcased many Munro stories through the years, published a great piece about the emotions surrounding Munro's win. Slate published a primer to loving Munro, as well.

This is such good news, all around, and especially so in that it is bound to bring new readers to her immense body of work. What stories do you recommend to celebrate Munro's Nobel Prize?


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