The following University of Waterloo professors are available to discuss the significance of Canadian author Alice Munro in light of her 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Shelley Hulan
Associate Professor, English Language & Literature 

Phone: 226-338-9032

"Alice Munro’s fiction has forever changed how generations of readers look at place. To this day, I always read her stories where I can look out over one of the landscapes - southwestern Ontario's - that it celebrates. But it’s not the topography that lingers in the mind; it’s the way in which Munro has for fifty years made local places - in "Sowesto," across Canada, around the world--and the people in them the inexhaustible sources of new revelation. This is a joyous day for Canadians and Munro readers everywhere."

Linda Warley
Associate Professor, English Language & Literature

Phone: 519 888 4567 ex. 35379 or 519-497-6500

"This is wonderful news for Canada. It is a timely and well-deserved mark of recognition of Alice Munro's magnificent achievements over more than four decades. Munro shows the complex layers of human personalities, the intricate interweaving of relationships, the impact of place on identity, and the way in which the past never really leaves us. Munro’s work proves that a writer doesn’t have to write novels in order to be considered a serious writer; she is the recognized international master of the short story. She has pushed that genre in ways that no one else has. And the Nobel committee clearly recognized this fact as one of her major contributions to world literature."

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