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Comments Alice Munro
"Leaving Maverley"
2013 O. Henry Award-winning Author

I have been writing stories for 60 years. For quite a while I thought that was a prelude to writing novels (when children and housework eased off). It didn't turn out to be—disappointed publishers in my wake. Then one Canadian publisher—Douglas Gibson—told me to keep writing stories and the word novel would never cross his lips. I did, and it didn't, and here I am at this preposterous age having the usual hellish good time, which is how you could describe writing. And so happy to be in it.

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About the Author

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published twelve collections of stories—Dance of the Happy Shades; Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You; The Beggar Maid; The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Friend of My Youth; Open Secrets; The Love of a Good Woman; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; and Too Much Happiness—as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women, and Selected Stories. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England's W. H. Smith Book Award, the United States' National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Mann Booker International Prize. In 2013, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron.

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