Thursday, October 10, 2013

WORTHWHILE CANADIAN INITIATIVE:  Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

added: Adam Sternbergh wonders whether Munro counts as the first Canadian to be so honored, given that Saul Bellow was born in Montreal and lived there until age 9.


  1. Benner11:11 AM

    Yeah, I still don't believe anyone actually reads the New Yorker fiction.

  2. The Pathetic Earthling1:00 PM

    Wrong Canadian female fiction writer, for my money. I'm still annoyed they missed their chance for Kurt Vonnegut, too.

  3. Joseph Finn1:03 PM

    Yes, I'd have been happy for Atwood as well, but Munro still deserves it. (And damn, isn't it nice to see a short story writer honored since they missed the boat on Raymond Carver?)

  4. Marsha6:50 PM

    NPR announced it this morning by saying she was the first Canadian since Saul Bellow.

  5. Joseph Finn11:56 PM

    Considering Bellow moved to Chicago when he was 9 and Chicago was the landscape of so much of his fiction, I'm comfortable referring to him as an American author.

  6. Asked for comment on the committee's decision to give the award to Munro, Mr. Rush was completely aghast.