Alice Munro: The Canadian Chekhov

A look at the achievements of the Nobel Laureate who rejuvenated the short story world

Early Success

Munro gained recognition when her first collection of stories, ‘Dance of the Happy Shades’ (1968) won the Governor General’s Literary Award

Coming Into Her Own

The North-American author went on to win the Governor General’s award twice with ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘The Progress of Love’

A Trail Of Wins

Her 1998 collection ‘The Love of a Good Woman’ clinched the Giller Prize, an important national award in Canada, and the National Book Critics Circle Award


Munro withdrew ‘Too Much Happiness’ from consideration for Giller in 2009 because she wanted young writers to have a better chance at winning the award

True Winner

When she won the the Man Booker International Prize in the same year, the judges claimed that her lifelong body of work was ‘practically perfect’

Touching the Sky

The Canadian short story writer won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013


Munro chose short stories cuz managing the children and the house in her early days didn’t leave her with time or energy to write novels

GemsNY Pays Tribute

There’s so much to learn from the life of this inspiring woman…