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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions October 11, 2013 - 1:20am

Alice Munro (and Canada goes nuts! Syrup fights, galloping Mounties, Alanis blasting at discernable volumes!)

Kind of surprised me. Great news for short story writers I think. Anyone read up on the recent (minor) controversies surrounding her? Kind of remember a critic (English?) coming out and saying she just wasn't that good, then her defenders defended, etc.

She's in the B.A.S.S. 2012 if you have it lying around, and I think it's pretty representative of her work.

What do you all think? Any big fans? Detractors? I think they made a fine choice.

 

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer October 11, 2013 - 7:57am

I love Alice Munro. Great writer. It's good to see her get recognition.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like October 11, 2013 - 8:28am

While I guess I like that they picked a story writer, I haven't read her nor do I think of her as an important contributor to world literature. She probably is, I just haven't yet heard why or how. Maybe I'll look into it.

I've had the notion to try and read something by each laureate. I haven't read any more than 15 or 20 of the 110 winners.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer October 11, 2013 - 9:55am

"The Love of a Good Woman" is an excellent story if you are looking for somewhere to start. She's probably Canada's most decorated writer. I don't think she gets much notice because she writes only short work.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 11, 2013 - 1:09pm

hit and miss with Munro, for me. but i love short stories and was happy to see her win.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons October 12, 2013 - 7:02pm

Im thrilled a short  stories author won, but Alice Monroe is a not my favorite, which is kind of a surprise because I can go for those Ann Tylerish types. This last collation seems a lot about female   affIairs. it seems a bit women leaving men for affirmation. Of course I'm fine with that, just not what I'm thinking about, or writing about these days. There are bigger things. She might have boss in her audience a bit. . Also, her stories do not have a lot of dialogue. I guess  that is okay, since she won!  Have to admit, she is a good writer and a toeyteller to keep you transfixed.