Alice Munro now takes her place as the first Canadian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and only the 12th woman in the Nobel’s 100-year history. That a prize of such magnitude should to go to a self-taught author who writes so often of ordinary people and small-town life is remarkable, or is until you actually read her work. We will examine Munro’s incomparable empathy for her characters, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative.

Many of Munro’s stories are set in pastoral Huron County, Ontario, and have a strong regional focus. Steeped in historic charm and natural beauty, we will make our home in Port of Goderich on the shore of Lake Huron. Goderich takes pride in its reputation as Canada’s prettiest town and winner of multiple Communities In Bloom Awards.  We will take part in the nearby Blyth Festival, a first-class theatre festival in a hamlet of 350 persons. We will visit the community of Wingham where Munro grew up and perhaps be lucky enough to meet again with some of her schoolmates.

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“Why is it a surprise to find that people other than ourselves are able to tell lies?”

– Alice Munro


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Goderich, Ontario

July 25–July 29 (4 nights)

A selection of short stories: "Royal Beatings", "Meneseteung",
"Miles City, Montana", and "Progress of Love"

Samuels Hotel, Goderich

Mary Bird has been listening to stories all her life. She was entranced by the Irish stories her aunt told her at bedtime. She has studied storytellers ever since. Mary has attended many Classical Pursuits and led two. She has found that the shared inquiry approach to discussion yields very satisfying results.

C$1495 to C$1895 per person based on room choice (approximate)
Single supplement: Varies; see itinerary
Taxes and gratuities (per person): Varies by room choice; see itinerary

Fee includes readings, accommodation, two meals a day, discussions, ground transportation, walking tours, talks, excursions, and admissions.

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