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Munro trivia


Andrea Walker shares choice tidbits from Munro’s session at the New Yorker Festival earlier this month: ‘Things you may not know about Alice Munro’:

She sees her stories visually before they become words. She often starts with an image of some incident and the people involved—a sense of some action, or some effect that the characters have created on each other. She doesn’t know at that stage exactly what’s happened to them or what they’re saying to each other, only that these people somehow belong in the story together.

Now brace yourself:

“Housewife Finds Time to Write Short Stories” was the headline that appeared in a local paper when Munro first began publishing.


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  • Celeste

    Okay, I admit it–I’ve *never* been an Alice Munro fan (except for “Meneseteung,” with the extended ending). This is probably because of a former teacher who threw Munro in my face as an example of whatever I wasn’t doing and “should” have been.

    But after reading this list of tidbits, I’m kind of won over. Munro sounds like the kind of writer–and the kind of person–I’d like to meet: warm, thoughtful, and surprisingly funny. And her admissions are encouraging to me as a writer. Even the vaunted Alice Munro still feels like she’s figuring it all out.

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