Welcome to Festivals’ Book Club, in association with Vintage Books. Each month, we’ll be reading a different title and would love you to join us: either at our live book group in Cheltenham, or by sharing your thoughts online.
- We’ll announce the title on cheltenhamfestivals.com
- You have four weeks to read it
- Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply to take part in our LIVE Cheltenham group and receive a free copy of the book
- Like to purchase your own copy? Save 5% at Cheltenham Waterstones as a Cheltenham Festivals Member
- Four weeks later, read what our Book Group thought and add your own opinions and comments online
December Book Club:
Dear Life Alice Munro
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
In association with
This December, Alice Munro receives the Nobel Prize in Literature, hailed by the Swedish Academy as a “master of the contemporary short story”. Over four decades, Munro has produced extraordinary portraits of Canadian women’s lives, filled with unexpected drama, that illuminate all our lives. Dear Life, which she has suggested may be her final collection of stories is, paradoxically, a wonderful place to begin. Fourteen vivid stories which blossom in the mind, as rich and textured as fourteen novels, including several stories “autobiographical in feeling” which give insight into the inside mind of one of our greatest living writers.
Clara Farmer, Publishing Director, Chatto and Windus
Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.
Thursday, December 12th at The Daily Bean, COOK, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply for your free book and chance to attend.
Can’t attend? Save 5% on this title at Waterstones Cheltenham with Cheltenham Festivals Membership.
Alice Munro was born in 1931 and is the author of thirteen collections of stories, most recently Dear Life, and a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. She has received many awards and prizes, including three of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, the WHSmith Book Award in the UK, the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Beggar Maid, and has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize 2009 for her overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly,Paris Review and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives with her husband in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron in Canada.