Gold Saint: The Munro
September 1, 2009 Leave a comment
As we have our odd saints, I offer a new category, a kind of hall of admiration and esteem, tentatively labeled Gold Saints. The first great beacon? Alice Munro. You know why. Why even start the long list of sighs and pangs the great woman bestows in us? Well, today she delighted me in a whole other way. She removed herself from competition for Canada’s Giller Prize in order that other new voices might have a chance. From a lovely article on the announcement at the Globe and Mail:
“Her reason is that she has won twice and would like to leave the field to younger writers,” Munro’s publisher, Douglas Gibson, confirmed this week. “In my role as greedy publisher I pointed out that the Giller Prize produces so much publicity, that even to be nominated for it is tremendous publicity,” he said. “But her mind is made up on this. Alice preferred to withdraw from the competition.”
The gaga continues.
PS: Am also reading The View From Castle Rock, by chance, and she gets so much work done in the last part of her last lines.