Alice Munro is an internationally celebrated short story writer. Born in Wingham, Ontario, Munro began writing as a teenager and published her first story while studying at the University of Western Ontario. She eventually abandoned her studies, married and moved to Vancouver, where some of her stories are set. Munro's first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), was widely acclaimed and won the Governor General's Award. Her next book, Lives of Girls and Women (1971) met with similarly high praise. In 1976, she remarried and moved to Clinton, Ontario, near her hometown, an area of Southwestern Ontario that has featured prominently in her stories. The now world-famous author of hundreds of short stories, Munro has received three Governor General's Awards, two Giller Prizes and the Man Booker International Prize. She made history in 2013 when she became the first Canadian woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Known for illuminating the emotional complexities of everyday life, Munro continues to offer glimpses of her own life stories between the lines of her exquisite prose.
“I can't play bridge. I don't play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn't seemed time for.
But what there is time for is looking out the window.”