Alice Munro

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Nobel Prize in literature winner Toni Morrison: When she got the official call in 1993, she insisted the Swedish Academy fax her the evidence. Photograph: Francois Durand/Getty Images

The process involved in selecting a Nobel Prize winner – and informing them of their success – is complex. Hoaxes and mix-ups do happen. Winners are(...)

Look out for pre-lit Christmas trees to remove the annual light detangling from your to-do list

Turkey bought? Done. List made and checked twice? Check. Champagne on ice? Of course. Yet even the best-laid plans can be derailed by last-minute issu(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Julieta confirms that the motor is still ticking over very smoothly for Pedro Almodóvar

I don’t imagine many fans of Alice Munro feel that her stories lack an injection of primary-coloured camp. Restraint and discipline are at the heart o(...)

We should not be surprised to discover that, after all these years, Pedro Almodóvar remains very much himself. There is a scene in the middle-ranking (...)

Chris Kraus: “Satire is a sensibility that’s under-represented in the culture.”  Photograph: Reynaldo Rivera

Chris Kraus is refilling her coffee, hard of hearing and fantastically good humoured over Skype. Sometimes a book perfectly captures the zeitgeist. He(...)

‘It would be a perfect hell for even death to be riddled with uncertainty, to be still thinking the same stupid thoughts.” Held hostage in a cell f(...)

Alice Munro: many writers refer to her as the person who made them want to write. Above: Munro at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Readers and writers throughout the world will celebrate the awarding of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature to the revered Canadian storyteller Ali(...)

A 2007 file photograph of Canadian writer Alice Munro, who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Photograph: Mike Cassese/Reuters

Canadian writer Alice Munro has won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature.The Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel literature winners, called her a “m(...)

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘American? Indian? I don’t know what these words mean. I’m asked where I am from. I’m from nowhere, I always was, but now I am happy knowing it.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

It all looks so easy: winning a Pulitzer Prize with her first book, a collection of short stories; then her debut novel is made into a movie, while he(...)