Alice Munro

(July 10th, 1931 — )

Alice Ann Munro (née Laidlaw) is a Canadian short story writer. In 2013, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Munro was the child of farmers in Huron County, Ontario. She began writing as a teenager, publishing her first story at nineteen. She left her university to marry, and eventually moved to British Columbia. In 1963, she and her spouse opened a bookstore in Victoria.

Eventually, Munro returned to Ontario permanently. Her fiction style is often called ‘Southern Ontario Gothic‘ — a style grouping her with writers like Timothy Findley. Her first short story collection, The Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), won her a Governor General’s Award for Fiction. She won two more in later years.

Munro held the position of Writer in Residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland. She has won the Man Booker International Prize and the Writer’s Trust of Canada Marian Engel Award.

Munro is sometimes called ‘Canada’s Chekov’. She is a very dedicated self-editor, revisionist, and writer, and her writing style and structure shaped the future of the literary short story.

Alice Munro is a book author.

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