The nobel literature laureate, Alice Munro was born in Wingham, Ontario, Canada on July 10, 1931. She was dubbed the master of contemporary short story. The emigration of her father’s family to Upper Canada owing to the Napoleonic wars has been a central theme in many of her stories. She studied English and Journalism at the University of Western Ontario, which she left after 2 years.
Her first collection of stories was published as Dance of the Happy Shades (1968). Who Do you Think You Are and The Progress of Love which was awarded the annual Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, were published later. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage which was published later as The Bear Came over the Mountain, was made into the critically acclaimed film Away from Her (2006).
Munro is the recipient of many literary accolades, including the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her work where she was dubbed as “master of the contemporary short story”, and the 2009 Man Booker International Prize, the year she published her short story collection, Too Much Happiness. She is also a three-time winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award for fiction and was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s 1996 Marian Engel Award, as well as the 2004 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Runaway.