Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize in Literature! Lit nerds and Canadians of TEDx celebrate!
This post goes to all the English lit majors out there (yeah, we know you’re on Tumblr) who get asked almost every day, “A degree in English? What will you do with that??” Well, once a year, you have a great card in your hand — the Nobel Prize in Literature — which if you are Alice Munro, you just won. Congrats to you!
A bit of a primer on Alice Munro if you are unfamiliar:
- She is the first Canadian woman to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the 13th woman to have ever won the award since its start in 1901.
- She has written 14 short story collections throughout her career. That’s a lot of stories. She published her first book at 36.
- Alice’s father raised foxes and minks when she was young. Minks totally look like a strange ferret-otter hybrid.
To honor Alice, who was called by the Nobel committee the "master of the contemporary short story," here’s 3 talks on words, stories, and creativity:
(Photos: Top, L-R: shutterhacks, jim_and_kerry; Bottom, svenwek)