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Alice Munro Country: Essays on Her Works I
Guernica Editions, Spring 2020
410 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771834353
ISBN10: 1771834358
$29.95 Canada, $25.95 US, £16.95 UK

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This rich volume begins with a very good-humoured memoir, “Alice Munro: Not Bad Short Story Writer,” by Munro's renowned Canadian publisher, Douglas Gibson, followed by powerful autobiographical pieces by fiction writer Jack Hodgins, playwright Judith Thompson, poet John B. Lee, poet-playwright-teacher James Reaney, and local historian Reg Thompson. Overall, the twenty contributions to Alice Munro Country, including a previously unpublished interview with Munro by J.R. (Tim) Struthers and a superb essay by George Elliott Clarke on Munro's Lives of Girls and Women, take a cultural or historical or personal approach, while also providing judicious readings of the subtle literary dimensions of key Munro works.


When I reach the Pearly Gates, I know that I have the perfect password to get in. Even if St. Peter is at his grumpy, bureaucratic worst -- “So what have you ever done in your miserable, selfish life to deserve getting into Heaven?” -- I can waltz in simply by saying: “I kept Alice Munro writing short stories.” -- Douglas Gibson

Books by J.R. (Tim) Struthers

Alice Munro Country: Essays on Her Works I Alice Munro Everlasting: Essays on Her Works II Clark Blaise: Essays on His Works Clark Blaise: The Interviews

Books by George Elliott Clarke

Alice Munro Country: Essays on Her Works I Canticles I (mmxvii) Canticles I: mmxvi Canticles II: MMXIX Canticles II (MMXX) J. J. Steinfeld: Essays on His Works