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Betting on Alice Munro to win the Nobel Prize


 

Alice Munro is famous for her writing, not her gambling. However, if she were a betting woman, she might like the 4:1 odds the bookies at Ladbrokes are giving at her winning the Nobel Prize for literature.

It has been 112 years since a Canadian took home the prize, but Munro is riding a wave of hype before the official winner is announced tomorrow. After recently announcing her retirement at the age of 82, she won the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize at the International Festival of Authors earlier this month. The Nobel Prize, however, would be Munro’s most prestigious accolade (not to mention the healthy payout of roughly $1 millon).

“There’s a sense that now would be the perfect time for her to win,” says Sarah Weinman, a news editor for Publishers Marketplace.

Munro has been no stranger to accolades over her distinguished career as one of the world’s top short fiction writers. She won the Man Booker International prize in 2009, three Governor General’s Literary Awards and, most recently, her third Trillium Book Award in June.

A Twitter account was set up with her name on Tuesday and quickly garnered over 1,300 followers. (It was quickly determined the account was a hoax.)

What does all the hype mean for Munro’s chances? “It may turn out to be significant at about 7:02 a.m. tomorrow [when the winner is announced],” Weinman says. “Or it may not. We just don’t know at this point.”


 
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Betting on Alice Munro to win the Nobel Prize

  1. I would prefer that a Canadian not win than that we win with Munro. Slice-of-life short stories are for sentimental morons.

    • Pretty harsh, Frank. So what should I read in order for you to not think me a moron? Obviously YOU’RE not a moron.

  2. Frank (or are you really David Gilmour?) seems to proudly display his ignorance with that comment. If he actually read Munro he would know that her work is fiercely unsentimental and that is one of the reasons why she is so good. Many literati types (including myself) believe she is the world’s greatest living writer and I think it goes without saying that no other Canadian writer is even close to being worthy of the Nobel prize. She is extremely deserving and I will keep my fingers crossed until tomorrow morning.

    • She excels at Southern Ont Gothic

    • “Fiercely unsentimental”? Every story involves people making hard choices about hard life with hard outcomes. That’s called sentimentalizing the ordinary, glorifying the banal. It’s literature for people leading lives without meaning.

  3. Well I doubt she’s counting on it, she’s been nominated before.

  4. Ms Munro is a very good writer.
    On the other hand, hundreds around the world are just as good. Also, it’s unusual for a short-story expert to win a Nobel, as they generally go to novelists.

    The Nobel for Literature is a wildly contested nomination based mostly on politicking. The decision is almost always influenced by politics.