Alice Laidlaw Munro is a writer who
grew up in Wingham, Ontario. She is a popular writer who has been on the scene
since the 1950s. Her stories all involve small rural towns and are all
collections of short stories that deal with the author’s own experiences.
She was born in 1931 to a family of farmers. In 1949, she earned a scholarship to study at the University of Western Ontario. There she published her first short story “Dimensions of a Shadow” in the school literary magazine known as Folio. However, she left before she was able to graduate in order to move to Vancouver. A decade after she dropped out, she opened and ran a book shop for many years. In 1972, she returned to Ontario, and in 1976, due to her great use of literature, she received an honorary degree from the University of Ontario.
Throughout her lifetime, Munro would see her work published in various journals by the CBC. As a result, her stories were published in Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, to name a few. In 1968, she collected 15 of her first ever written stories and published them in a single volume known as Dance of the Happy Shades. This volume, along with others, such as The Progress of Love, and Who Do You Think You Are, all won awards, such as the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in Canada. Her book, Lives of Girls and Women, received a Canadian Booksellers Association Award. This was later followed by Open Secrets, which won the 1995 WH Smith Literary Award.
Many of her more modern volumes include Runaway, Too Much Happiness, Dear Life, The View from Castle Rock, and Lying Under the Apple Tree: New Selected Stories.
During the late ’70s to early ’80s, she traveled to many other places in the world, such as China and Australia. This can be noted in her work, such as The Moons of Jupiter, which was set in Australia. Due to the popularity of her work, and the graceful way in which she wrote, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2013.