Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
Today it was announced that Alice Munro, a Canadian short story writer, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here you will find a wonderful essay on Alice Munro and her writing. It is written by that other giant in Canadian literature, Margaret Atwood. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/oct/11/alice-munro
All of Canada has a right to be proud. She is one of the many writers that have been a part of Canada's cultural maturing since the early 50's.(over my lifetime) One could argue that Canada now has become one of the major Nations to produce fine literature in English. She wrote a lot about small town Canada in which she grew up. Small town Canada was beginning to disappear about this time. It was in the early 50's that Canada shifted from being a predominately small town rural country to become an urban society to the point that now most Canadians live in large metropolitan cities. Her stories will live on to inform us of our Canadian roots and the complexity of Canadians even in small towns. Before Alice Munro I can only think of two Canadian woman writers of note (I am no literary scholar so I may offend someone) Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables books and Mazo de la Roche who wrote the Jalna novels..
I hope this Nobel prize will inspire more people, particularly Canadians to read more of Alice Munro's writing. I for one will be reading some more of her works.