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Today’s books news kicks off with a goof that’s worthy of its title character, while in other news, McDonald has replaced Happy Meals toys with books about nutrition. Read on for more headlines: READ FULL STORY
The book world is a buzz with the news that short story virtuoso Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Fans and well-wishers — including other prominent authors — have taken to Twitter to congratulate Munro. Check out Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult, Salman Rushdie, and others’ reactions to the “master of the contemporary story” winning the Nobel Prize:
Okay,everyone’s calling Me to get me to write about Alice! (Alice, come out from behind the tool shed and pick up the phone.) #AliceMunro
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) October 10, 2013
Alice Munro SOOOO deserves the Nobel Prize. Hurray for short stories!
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) October 10, 2013
Also, alice munro! Wasn’t expecting that. Stunned in a refreshing manner. — Christopher Barzak (@Cbarzak) October 10, 2013
Alice Munro! Nobel Prize! Beautiful stories beautifully rendered beautifully rewarded. Beautiful. — Hart Hanson (@HartHanson) October 10, 2013
Alice Munro. Nobel Prize. Good thing. — Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) October 10, 2013
Alice Munro news has been the second reminder in a week why no one reads (or needs to read) the LRB. — Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) October 10, 2013
Alice Munro! Alice Munro! Alice Munro! — Andrew Pyper (@andrewpyper) October 10, 2013
I once waited on Alice Munro in a restaurant. And yes, world media, I’m available for interviews. — Andrew Pyper (@andrewpyper) October 10, 2013
What with all the hoopla, I’m already dreading the inevitable Alice Munro backlash. — coreyredekop (@CoreyRedekop) October 10, 2013
Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize in Literature! Those of you who know me know how happy this makes me…. http://t.co/JMed9q2Smj
— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) October 10, 2013
Smiling big here. (Unlike a Munro character.) “Canadian Alice Munro, master of the short story, wins Nobel lit prize“
— Melissa Wiley (@melissawiley) October 10, 2013
On the Books: Stephen Baldwin sued for missing book deadline; Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature
This morning’s books news is all about the Nobel Prize (congratulations, Alice Munro), but aside from the announcement, there’s a bevy of lawsuits, betrayals, and even teenage angst to cover in the literary world. Read on for today’s top books headlines: READ FULL STORY
Canadian author Alice Munro, cited as a “master of the contemporary story,” was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning in Stockholm, Sweden. In a statement, she said, “This is so surprising and wonderful. I am dazed by all the attention and affection that has been coming my way this morning. It is such an honour to receive this wonderful recognition from the Nobel Committee, and I send them my thanks.”
She added, “When I began writing there was a very small community of Canadian writers and little attention was paid by the world. Now Canadian writers are read, admired and respected around the globe. I’m so thrilled to be chosen as this year’s Nobel Prize recipient. I hope it fosters further interest in all Canadian writers. I also hope that this brings further recognition to the short story form.”
Munro, 82, has been listed as a leading contender for the honor for several years after having won most of the top literary prizes for which she’s eligible. Her first short story collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, garnered rave reviews in upon its release in 1968. Of her 14 short story collections, Open Secrets (1994) is often considered her seminal work. Her stories often center on rural settings in Southern Ontario and tend to be more driven by salient details and revelations than external events.
Last year, Munro announced that Dear Life, which came out in paperback in June, would be her final short story collection.
Munro is the first North American author to receive the prize since the United States’ Toni Morrison won in 1993. The winner is also awarded 8 million Swedish kronor, or about $1.2 million.
On the Books: Haruki Murakami tops speculative Nobel Prize shortlist; Andrew Wylie chides Amazon for 'megalomania'
The Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded this week, and the literary world is placing its bets on who will be the next winner. Meanwhile, Andrew Wylie blasted Amazon in a new interview, and Atavist Books is staking its claim in the digital landscape. Read on for today’s top books headlines: READ FULL STORY
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author, activist, and teacher, has died at 82 following a brief illness.
Achebe graduated from the University College of Ibadan, in 1953 and afterward worked as a Nigerian radio broadcaster. In his twenties, he began work on what would become the defining work of his career — and a continent: Things Fall Apart, published in 1958.
It’s almost impossible to overstate the effect of the book, which as become, in the more than 50 years since publication, the archetype for African fiction and a fountainhead for postcolonial literature. African scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah has said, “It would be impossible to say how Things Fall Apart influenced African writing. It would be like asking how Shakespeare influenced English writers or Pushkin influenced Russians.”
For weeks, Haruki Murakami has been the odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, but a writer less known to American readers took the big honor. Chinese Author Mo Yan, author of Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out, was “overjoyed and scared” when he learned of his win. The Swedish Academy’s official announcement read, “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.” READ FULL STORY
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