Writers Laughing: The Top Ten!

What can I say about the Writers Laughing series? It’s hugely popular and it’s not hard to see why. We all love books, we all love authors, we all love seeing them in their unguarded moments. And laughter is a beautiful thing. I suppose I’ve posted about 30 or so of these. Time for a top ten!

Number 10 (tie): Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers

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Number 9: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

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Number 8: Seamus Heaney

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Number 7: Lorrie Moore

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Number 6: Alice Munro (with special guest Margaret Atwood)

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That’s it for now…bask in the happy mood and check back for the top 5!

Note: Commentary and image credits are at the original posts.

Writers Laughing: Alice Munro

Okay, sometimes these are a little hard to find. But there’s no shortage of photos of the amazing Alice Munro laughing (and a million of her smiling). I like this one for its spontaneity and joy…

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Author Elizabeth Hay is on the left. And here’s a bonus! Alice with a special guest…  Continue reading

Great Novella Tournament of Champions: Interim Update

Readers, rest assured! I’m busy working on the next installment of The Great Novella Tournament of Champions.

A sneak preview: two more heavyweights, a German vs. a Russian. You. Will. Not. Be. Disappointed.

And after that: Will the brilliant protege knock off the Old Master? We shall see.

In my Alice Munro Nobel afterglow (evidenced here and here), I considered adding a Munro novella (or long story) to the queue. Brilliant Reader Alison nominated “Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You,” which is no doubt as beautiful and devastating as the rest of Munro’s works. But who should I pair her with? Chekhov? William Trevor?

Suggestions are welcome!

Congratulations, Alice Munro!

Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize
(Image Credit: http://www.quillandquire.com)

Munro is a very deserving author indeed, who has not only given great insight and pleasure to her readers, but has been a model and inspiration for so many authors, perhaps especially those of shorter-form fiction. Like Borges, she has shown that rich fictional worlds can be created in the span of a few pages. (Although she is unlike Borges in nearly every other way – ehh, who cares, I love them both.)

We may need to move her up in the Tournament of Champions list. Any suggestions for one of her longer stories? Let me know!