Alice Munro


1931

July 10: Born in Wingham, Ontario, to Robert Eric Laidlaw, a fox farmer, and his ailing but ambitious wife, Ann Chamney Laidlaw.

1943

Her mother develops Parkinson's Disease.

1949

AM attends the University of Western Ontario.

1950

First published short story, in a student literary journal.

1951

Marries James Munro and moves to Vancouver, where she and her husband have two daughters.

1963

Moves to Victoria, British Columbia,

1966

Has third daughter.

1969

Her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, wins the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

1971

Lives of Girls and Women, a collection of interlinked stories, is published as a novel and wins the Canadian Booksellers Association International Book Year Award.

1972

Separates from her husband. Moves to London, Ontario. Becomes Writer-in-Residence at the University of Western Ontario.

1976

Divorced. Marries Gerald Fremlin; they move to the small town of Clinton, Ontario, a few miles southwest of her birthplace.

1978

Her collection of interlinked stories, Who Do You Think You Are?, is published, and earns Munro the Governor General's Literary Award for a second time.

1979-82

Tours Australia, China and Scandinavia.

1980

Holds the position of Writer-in-Residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland.

1982

Moons of Jupiter is published.

1986

The Progress of Love is published; wins Governor General's Literary Award and Marian Engel Prize.

1990

Friend of My Youth is published; wins Canada Council Molson Prize.

1994

Open Secrets is published.

1996

Selected Stories is published.

1998

The Love Of A Good Woman is published. Wins the National Book Critics Circle Award.

2001

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is published.

2004

Runaway is published.

2006

Carried Away is published.

2006

The View From Castle Rock is published.

2009

Wins the Man Booker International Prize, for her body of work and the contribution she has made to "fiction on the world stage."

 

The complexity of things - the things within things - just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.