Alice Munro, 1931—

Alice Munro is well known to almost any lover of literature in Canada, and is one of our most internationally recognized writers.  While Munro (née Laidlaw) started writing in her early teens, her marvelously crafted short stories did not find their way into hardcover until 1968, when her firs collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, won a Governor General’s Award.  Since that time, her novel Lives of Girls and Women  and her growing number of short story collections have won numerous awards, both here and abroad.  She has also written a number of television scripts including one for the CBC series “The Newcomers.”  Munro writes with a sensitive understanding of the depth of the experiences of “ordinary folk,” describing these experiences in such patient and engaging detail that, in Munro’s own words, they are “not real but true.”