On October 10th, Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature. And if you’re not familiar with her work, we suggest that you spend time reading the 18 Free Short Stories we gathered in our celebratory post.
Traditionally, recipients of the Nobel Prize travel to Sweden to accept the award in mid December. But the 82-year-old writer, citing poor health, decided to stay home and forego making the customary acceptance speech in Stockholm. (See past speeches by Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, V.S. Naipaul and others here.) Fans of Munro weren’t left empty-handed, however. From the comfort of her daughter’s home in Victoria, British Columbia, Munro sat down for an informal, 30-minute interview and talked about many things: how she first began writing and telling stories; how she gained (and lost) confidence as a writer; how she mentally maps out her stories; how she has become a different writer with age; how the writing life for women has changed over the years; and much more. You can watch the complete Nobel interview above.