Delighted this morning to learn that Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. Isn’t it wonderful? I heard the news this morning on Jazz FM radio in Toronto, and it was definitely a feel good moment. Munro is a very likeable and inspiring writer.
Lots of pride and pleasure for her winning this prize here in Canada, but I think the good feeling will travel far. In my house this morning, we were thinking back to when we first started reading her stories in The New Yorker.
Munro was in many ways a quietly strong presence, and yet she was part of a group, including Raymond Carver and Ann Beattie, whose work kept showing us to pay attention to short stories. I am wondering if her winning will remind some of us writers that we don’t need to be overly fancy or flashy to do good work. Is her winning an invitation to write well, honestly, and with a sharp humaneness? I am really looking forward to going back to her work, enjoying the stories and seeing what I can learn. Congratulations to Alice Munro!
–Michelle Fost, Reviews Editor
Michelle Fost is a writer living in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared in The Painted Bride Quarterly and her book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Boston Phoenix Literary Section.