Press J to jump to the feed. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts
Found the internet!
r/todayilearned
3.3k
Posted by5 months ago
Silver

TIL that Alice Munro, co-founder of a bookstore with her then-husband Jim, started writing after reading some of the store's stock and thinking "I can write better books than this." In 2013, she won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

41 comments
98% Upvoted
level 1

When I was in college quiz bowl, Alice Munro was our standard guess when we needed a "Canadian author" but otherwise didn't know the answer

241
level 2

Mix it up with Margaret Atwood every now and then.

96
level 2

The only reason I know who Farley Mowat is is because he was always the answer if it was about an author on this Canadian trivia game we had.

3
level 2

College bowl/NAQT is the only reason Nighthawks and the term defenestration are burned into my memory.

1
level 1

Sounds like she was right.

107
level 2

She could, indeed write better books than this.

36
level 1

Didn't expect to see my hometown on reddit today. Been in that store many times. Jim ended up giving the business to the employees when he retired (however not the building).

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/owner-of-munros-books-in-victoria-handing-over-shop-to-employees/article19530442/

78
level 2

the building is GORGEOUS.

A little crowded, but very impressive. It helps that's it's an old bank.

10
level 1

I read an article about one of my favorite teachers in high school where he said he became a teacher because as a student he'd sit bored in class and think, "I know I can do a better job than this".

Maybe people become the best versions of themselves when they see something they can improve and act on it. Maybe we're just better motivated by spite and the desire to prove ourselves right.

59
level 2

That's why I became a midwife.

3
level 1

Absolutely brilliant writer 😍

17
level 2

And a genuinely nice person.

8
level 1

I like how this headline makes it sound like she didn’t read books until she decided to start a bookstore.

56
level 2
Op · 5 mo. ago · edited 5 mo. ago

Lol. Though to be fair, it can be pretty easy to avoid reading books that are outright terrible, or at least keep to those that have something about them that interests you enough to get through the flaws. When you co-run a bookstore, you have ready access to most of what is new and popular, and an incentive to familiarise yourself with them (in order to give suggestions to customers, write recommendation tags for the shelves, or even know what a customer asking for something is talking about). Other than that, there is no reason to read terrible books, other than just to understand for yourself what exactly is terrible, and how it might be improved.

38
level 1

That bookstore is in my city and I’ve been there! It’s amazing.

8
level 2

Same, just got a book Called "Dumb birds of North America." from there as a gift.

6
level 1

I love 'The Beggar Maid'.

She deserves every bit of that Nobel.

4
level 1

Obviously she was right.

6
level 1

Such a great bookstore, and the staff are knowledgeable and super-friendly on top of everything! Well worth a visit, and hit Murchie’s after as well. Didn’t know of the Alice Munro connection until today myself, but I love her writing.

5
level 1
· 5 mo. ago · edited 5 mo. ago

Alice Ann Munro (born 10 July 1931) is a Canadian short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. Munro's work has been described as revolutionizing the architecture of short stories, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward in time.[2] Her stories have been said to "embed more than announce, reveal more than parade."

Her stories explore human complexities in an uncomplicated prose style.[5]

I have never heard a description that made me want to read an author more.

Thanks for the TIL!

3
level 2

She’s my all time favorite writer, she’s absolutely brilliant. If I may recommend a short story of her to start with, “child’s play” is incredible

1

About Community

You learn something new every day; what did you learn today? Submit interesting and specific facts about something that you just found out here.
Created Dec 28, 2008

29.0m

Members

19.3k

Online

#6

Ranked by Size