If there's someone more more revered by fellow writers than Alice Munro, who recently announced she’ll stop writing, I don't know who it could be. Alice is the living definition of a ‘writer’s writer,’ someone who has plied her incredible craft in short stories for over fifty years now. In 2009 Munro won the tremendously prestigious Man Booker International Prize. Everyone has their own favorite Alice Munro story—several like “The Bear Came over the Mountain,” from which the movie Away From Her, starring Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, and Wendy Crewson, was drawn. The short story was initially published in The New Yorker.
The book pictured here was originally titled "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” a required read for my Masters of Fine Arts. What I fell in love with were her sentences. She’s definitely not a Hemingway “short declarative sentence” writer—she places very high demands on what happens between the initial cap and the period. Here’s an example from the first paragraph of “The Bear Came over the Mountain:’ “Sororities were a joke to her, and so was politics—though she liked to play ‘The Four Insurgent Generals’ on the phonograph, and sometimes also the ‘Internationale,’ very loud, if there was a guest she thought she could make nervous.” Wrings out the characterization, does she not?
The announcement she would stop writing has created considerable chatter on the Internet, almost universally showing love. Here’s Jane Smiley’s farewell to Alice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/jul/05/fond-farewell-alice-munro-smiley
Causes Kevin Arnold Supports
Poetry Center San Jose, East Palo Alto Police Activities League (EPA PAL), Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Yale Writing Conference, Gold Rush Writers