Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the
University of Western Ontario. She has published thirteen
collections of stories as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and
Women, and two volumes of 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 National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker
International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for
Literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The
Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Granta, and other
publications, and her collections have been translated into
thirteen languages. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake
As in most of her stories, including those found in her recent Friends of My Youth (LJ 3/15/90), Munro focuses on women in the thrall of self-discovery.
"She is our Chekhov, and is going to outlast most of her
"Brilliant at evoking life's diversity and unpredictability,
[Alice Munro is] an unrivalled chronicler of human nature."
-The Sunday Times "An Alice Munro story zooms effortlessly through time zones, spans generations and offers up more detail and description than do many full-length contemporary novels."
-Maclean's "She is the best fiction writer in North America."
-The Vancouver Sun
Praise from fellow writers: "Her work felt revolutionary when I came to it, and it still does." --Jhumpa Lahiri "She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion." --Jonthan Franzen "The authority she brings to the page is just lovely." --Elizabeth Strout "She's the most savage writer I've ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive." --Jeffery Eugenides "Alice Munro can move characters through time in a way that no other writer can."--Julian Barnes "She is a short-story writer who...reimagined what a story can do." --Loorie Moore "There's probably no one alive who's better at the craft of the short story." --Jim Shepard "A true master of the form." --Salman Rushdie "A wonderful writer." --Joyce Carol Oates