From the Archives: Alice Munro and Diana Athill in Conversation

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On October 21, 2009, Alice Munro and Diana Athill joined Bill Richardson on stage for PEN Canada’s annual benefit at the 30th IFOA.

Alice Munro and Diana Athill Reflect on Life and Writing

On October 10, 2013, Alice Munro became the first Canadian woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Read more about her response and our congratulations to her here. Four years earlier, on October 21, 2009, she and Diana Athill joined Bill Richardson on stage for PEN Canada’s annual benefit and the opening of the 30th International Festival of Authors.



At the time, Munro’s Too Much Happiness, was her newest release in a legacy of short stories. Athill, 90, has also led an illustrious career in publishing and writing both novels and memoirs.

Munro retraced her memories of the earliest stories she read and how they inspired her to rewrite her own endings. She and Athill also looked back at how life changes as you gain experience writing, have children and grow older.

“That’s a big surprise, how you do stay inside pretty much the same person,” Munro said.

 

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