For immediate release
August 29, 2012
A Gala In Appreciation of Alice
celebrates Huron County’s Literary VIP, Alice Munro
The Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival, September 28-30, will celebrate Canada’s stories and storytellers but the gala on Saturday, September 29th is all about Alice. Special Guest Mary Wolfe’s address “Appreciating Alice” will salute one of Canada’s greatest short story tellers. And in honour of Alice’s genre of writing, guests gathered will hear words from emerging writers – the winners of the 2012 Short Story Competition.
Key Note Speaker, Mary Wolfe is an avid reader who enjoys Canadian literature, particularly stories that capture the imagination, with great characters that are complex and challenge the reader’s perceptions. Her favourite author is Alice Munro. Wolfe opened The Village Bookshop in Bayfield in 2001 and over the years hosted hundreds of authors including Margaret Atwood, Bonnie Burnard and Austin Clark, as well as the Long Pen event with Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood for The Edinburgh Writers' Festival.
Mary was nominated Bookseller of the Year by The Canadian Booksellers Association. Wolfe passed on her business in 2010 (which is still going strong in Bayfield) and recently returned to the field of education, filling in for teachers and librarians. She loves the opportunity to influence students in their pursuit of learning and instilling in them a love of reading.
Alice Munro's writing has established her as "a modern master of the short story” and “one of the greatest contemporary writers of fiction.” Her first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), was highly acclaimed and won Canada’s highest literary prize the Governor General’s Award, that year. That success was followed by Lives of Girls and Women (1971), and in 1978, Munro's collection of interlinked stories Who Do You Think You Are? was published, earning Munro the Governor General’s Literary Award for a second time. Through the 1980s and 1990s, Munro published a short-story collection about once every four years amassing fourteen published works and many awards and prizes both at home in Canada and internationally.
Author Michael Cunningham described Alice Munro’s stories as “the complicated interplay between our will, our desires, and the outside forces over which we have almost no control. There’s happiness, tragedy, and everything in between. And, most satisfying for the reader is when a character does something utterly surprising and then realizes it was the only thing the character could possibly have done. In Munro’s stories, you don’t know what’s going to happen to people—just as in life.”
Munro’s next collection, Dear Life, will be available October 16th.
“A Gala In Appreciation of Alice” tickets are available at the Blyth Festival Box Office. $40 per person includes a Harvest Dinner at the Wingham Golf & Curling Club. Call 519.523.9300 or toll free 1-877-862-5984 to reserve your seat today!
The Festival committee has also planned workshops to engage local and emerging writers and a Book Fair for avid readers to discover a hidden gem or buy a new release. Full details are available at www.alicemunrofestival.ca or join “Huron Arts & Heritage Network” on Facebook for event information and updates.
The Alice Munro Writers and Readers is hosted by Huron Arts and Heritage Network (www.heritageandculture.on.ca) and supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Huron County Library and Cultural Services and the Township of North Huron.
Karen Stewart, Event Programmer
519.523.4328 / firstname.lastname@example.org