Many writers breathed a huge sigh of… something happy, recently, when famed-but-thought-underappreciated Canadian fiction writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature; believed to be among her competitors were Haruki Murakami and Joyce Carol Oates, both of whom have huge followings around the world (and, in Oates’ case, on Twitter). There are few prizes that don’t provoke outrage and argument both before and after their announcement, but the Nobel is the largest magnet for this sort of discussion.
Interestingly enough, the world of independent film crosses with Munro’s trajectory–per the LA Times, a new film called “Hateship Loveship” will most likely coming out next year, an adaptation of a 2001 Munro story (“Hateship, Friendship, Loveship, Courtship, Marriage”); it features none other than Kristen Wiig–she called acting in the adaptation using “a different muscle.” The film was directed by Liza Johnson and adapted by novelist and screenwriter Mark Jude Poirier; after a successful appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival, IFC Films picked it up.
Read more about the film here. And after you’ve read more, go ahead and read some Alice Munro! Her quiet but seething stories will surprise you, and they might even change you.