Before I head off into my work day, it just seems imperative that I stop to recognize this most recent and perhaps greatest achievement of Alice Munro.
Whatever this prize evokes in our minds, it represents, without a doubt, tremendous recognition of the talent and work of a writer of towering stature.
One of the most valuable aspects of this honour is that it will encourage readers who have yet to pick up one of Ms. Munro’s 14 published short story collections to do so, and to become immersed in the author’s brilliant mastery of a form of fiction that requires skill, talent and daring.
What a spectacular way to start this sunny fall morning! Brava!
Note added on Friday, October 11th: If you have even just a moment, read this piece my Mark Abley, in the Gazette: I consider it the loveliest and most insightful tribute to Alice Munro: