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Vancouver : Canada | Mar 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM PDT
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An Alice Munro Collection of Stories

Canadian short story writer and Novelist Alice Munro has been

nominated for a 2nd time for the coveted International BOOKER

award for Literature. She is perhaps best known for an early

collection of stories called "Lives of Girls and Women"

The $103,000 prize carries great prestige and she is facing

some serious compition from writers world-wide. Other nominees

include Nobel Prize winner, V.S. Naipaul, Americans Joyce Carol Oates

and E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime) and many others. I wish Alice Great Good

Luck this time around.

Here is part of an article written a while back where her Canadian

roots are discussed;

Munro is also a writer very much rooted in Canada — specifically, Ontario —with nuanced portrayals of the Scotch-Protestant culture of the region. Many of her stories are about people, usually women, striving to come into their own, and coming up against the often unspoken refrain, “Who do you think you are?” — the name of one of her early story collections. The fact that anybody in Europe was meeting to discuss her struck me as a small miracle.

In the past five years or so, Munro has become a recognizable name among Italians who read books — roughly equal to the percentage of the population that can run a marathon or play the accordion. Munro’s story collections are published by the highbrow Einaudi imprint and big review and profile spreads have appeared in the arts sections of national papers. But as an older Canadian woman who’s lived most of her life in a small town, her image hardly sells like hotcakes. As one youngish Italian writer I recently met told me with an amazed and condescending smile, “Yes, isn’t it incredible that this simple farm woman from the Canadian north can write like that!”

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