Saturday, July 20, 2024

‘A national treasure’: Local literature legend Alice Munro passes away at 92


It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Alice Munro, a cherished Canadian author known for her mastery of the short story, who has passed away at the age of 92.

Not only is she the author of over a dozen short story collections, she is also the recipient of numerous highly prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013—the first Canadian author and the 13th woman to be awarded this prize.

Her work is known to have revolutionized the architecture of short story writing and will continue to inspire and educate generations of writers for years to come. 

Many have taken to social media, leaving their own thoughtful words and condolences for her loved ones as well as the writing community. 

One of such accounts was Alice’s very own Munro’s Books in Victoria, sharing snippets of history and the legend of such an amazing woman.

Munro’s Books was opened by Alice and her husband, Jim Munro, in 1963. The location was initially in a long, narrow space on Yates Street before eventually shifting to the heritage building on Government Street we know and love today.

Alongside parenting three children and store duties, she wrote, taking inspiration from moments in the bookstore and daily life. 

“Over the years, Alice’s writing would leave its mark on countless other literary greats, from Margaret Atwood to Julian Barnes,” the post reads.

“Alice will always hold a special place on our shelves and in our hearts.” 

Penguin Random House Canada, a long-standing publisher of Munro’s work, also posted a comemoratory blurb in her honour. 

“Alice Munro is a national treasure—a writer of enormous depth, empathy, and humanity whose work is read, admired, and cherished by readers throughout Canada and around the world,” said chief executive officer, Kristin Cochrane.

Munro died in her home in Port Hope, Ontario.

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